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    Once upon a time there was a huge steam ship filled with passengers leaving a quaint town. But, the ill-fated ship sank with all of its 400 passengers on board. Ever since, the location where the ship sank in the sea has been haunted, with the souls of the gloomy, dead passengers haunting whoever passes by at night. They moan and take out their anger on the living, begging for attention and some relief from their after-life.


    Thus goes the legend of a mysterious wreck in the Bay of Bengal popular among the fishing community of  Visakhapatnam.  And till recently, the wreck was nothing more than an apparition; a bed-time tale told to scare toddlers. Or so it was believed. But Vizag-based scuba diver, Balaram Naidu claims he’s discovered the remnants of that doomed ship lying in the Bay of Bengal.

    “I don’t want to reveal where the wreck is yet, but the fishing community here has always had many interesting tales to tell about it,” says Balaram Naidu, owner of an adventure sports firm in the city.

    From the pictures of the remnants of the said wreck that Balaram shared with Vizag Times, one can see various parts of the ship scattered around. “The shaft, motor, furnace and the rest of the main body are intact. The keel, decks and other parts of the ship have spread all over the place. The furnace even holds beautiful aqua life in it and is filled with fishes, eels and turtles,” explains Balaram.

    But how did the adventure enthusiast even find the wreck in the first place? “We have been struggling to find wrecks in the sea for three years now and been taking the help of the fishing community to find them. But they can’t dive deep into the water, so they point out possible wreck sites to us and we dive to see if they’re actually there. We learnt about this site from the fishermen’s tales. We found the debris during our first few dives and it took us a while to find the wreck too,” he says, elated.

    While the mention of the eerie wreck brings out excitement in Balaram, it incites fear in the fishing community. The fishermen are dead sure that this is the sunken ship that their forefathers warned them about. “I don’t know how old the ship is and when it sunk there. But generations of our children have grown up listening to tales of how 400 passengers on board died when this ship sank. I heard the story from my father, who heard the story from my grandfather and so on. My father is 85-years-old now, I think the ship sunk 300 years ago maybe. But this is the first time I’ve heard of someone actually finding it,” says Satti, a fisherman.

    But why does the ship-wreck incite fear in these fishermen? “It’s not just me, anyone who has fished around that area will tell you that they feel scared to venture there. Because a lot of us who fished in that area at night, have felt someone hitting us on our backs. That’s why we avoid venturing there at night. Even when we do go that side, we go in large numbers and prefer not to catch fish there.”

    Balaram however wants to find the ship’s origins and believes it sunk while it was leaving Vizag harbour. “The shaft is towards Vizag, this could mean that it sunk while it was leaving the harbour. I want to find out more details about the ship and I’m hoping its records can be found at the court. They will hopefully have the navigation records.”

    For Balaram the finding of a coral in the sea few weeks back and now, the wreck just reinstates the fact that Vizag has the potential to be an attractive dive site. “In fact, it could be the best dive site in India,” he says. “Scuba divers love reef diving and wreck diving, and the latter is something a lot of divers opt for because it’s exciting.”

    Previously too, Balaram Naidu had told Vizag Times that he is planning to present a proposal to the tourism department to develop Vizag as a wreck diving destination. If the proposal does indeed materialise, then civilians would be able to access the wreck of PNS Ghazi, that only divers of Indian Navy are privy to so far.

    “I know for a fact that the remains of Ghazi lie 30 meters deep in the ocean and that the debris is entangled in fishing nets,” he says. Apart from the wreck of PNS Ghazi, and now this steam ship, the debris of a goods ship lies at the continental beach near Dolphin Hill.

    “I will soon submit a proposal imploring the Tourism Department to turn the ship wreck we discovered now and PNS Ghazi into wreck diving sites. It can transform the tourism scenario not just in Vizag but all of India,” he sums it up.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Visakhapatnam News / by Neeshita Nyayapati / TNN / January 06th, 2018

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    January 2nd, 2018adminRecords, All, Sports
    The Karate students from the Tadhagat Bodhi Dharma International Martial Arts Academy in Ongole who achieved four gold medals

    The Karate students from the Tadhagat Bodhi Dharma International Martial Arts Academy in Ongole who achieved four gold medals

    Ongole:

    The Karate students from the Tadhagat Bodhi Dharma International Martial Arts Academy in Ongole secured four Gold medals in the 9th International Goju Ryu Open Karate Championship held last week, said the 7th Dan Master D Venkatesh.

    He said that the organisation, All Japan Karate Do Goju Ryu Kai India, organised the international karate championship in Nidadavole in West Godavari district, where about 850 karate students and masters participated from Nepal, Srilanka, Bhutan and Japan along with participants from 23 Indian states. He said that a team of karate students from Ongole participated in the championship and won four gold medals, six silver medals and three bronze medals.

    The Additional SP Udayarani appreciated the gold medal winners V Bindu, K Sahasra, R Gnanesh, Bhargav, silver medal winners N Sriram, E Havish, Y Reshwant, Naga Chaitanya, V Bhanu Harsha, T Tarun Prakash and bronze medal winners A Yashwant Rao, V Kishan Kiriti and M Maruti in the district police office.

    Udayarani said, “Nowadays women are competing with men in all fields but are a little behind in self protection.” She asked every girl to learn Karate to save herself. She appreciated 6th Dan master G Chandrasekhar, 7th Dan master Venkatesh for the training the kids.

    source: http://www.thehansindia.com / The Hans India / Home> Andhra Pradesh / December 30th, 2017

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    Suresh Babu atop Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.   | Photo Credit: BYARRANGEMENT

    Suresh Babu atop Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. | Photo Credit: BYARRANGEMENT

    Braving the cold weather, Suresh Babu, a first year B.Sc. student of Silver Jubilee Government College in Kurnool climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest mountain peak in the African continent, on December 25, the college principal S. Abdul Khader said on Tuesday.

    Mr. Suresh Babu climbed Mount Everest in April this year.

    He scaled the Gilman’s Point at a height of 5,685 metres and displayed his college banner there. TDP MLA B. Jaya Nageswar Reddy and Maheswara Reddy of Madhu Cements at Kodumur, sponsored his mountaineering expedition.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correpondent / Kurnool – December 27th, 2017

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    December 12th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports

    Satyanarayana representing Krishna district bagged the gold medal in the 55-year-old category for the 110-metre hurdles.

    With his outstanding performance, AP Masters Athletics Association has been selected Mendu Satyanarayana for National Championship. (Photo: DC)

    With his outstanding performance, AP Masters Athletics Association has been selected Mendu Satyanarayana for National Championship. (Photo: DC)

    Vijayawada:

    Mendu Satyanarayana, physical director (PD) of Zilla Parishad High School (ZPHS) at Nunna near Vijayawada, recently won two medals at the Andhra Pradesh Masters Athletics Championship held at Bapatla in Guntur district. Satyanarayana representing Krishna district bagged the gold medal in the 55-year-old category for the 110-metre hurdles.

    He also won a silver medal in 400-metre hurdles. With his outstanding performance, AP Masters Athletics Association has been selected Mendu Satyanarayana for National Championship. In connection to this, Nunna ZPHS head master V. Bhoopal Reddy and other teachers felicitated Satyanarayana for winning the medals and bringing accolades to the school.

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> Current Affairs / Deccan Chronicle / December 12th, 2017

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    December 6th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    Dhiraj   | Photo Credit: HAND_OUT

    Dhiraj | Photo Credit: HAND_OUT

    This is first major recurve medal for Volga Archery Academy

    There is a significance attached to the silver medal won by Vijayawada archer Bommadevara Dhiraj at the Asian Continental tournament in Dhaka (Bangladesh) last week to select Asian archers for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 2018.

    The teenager, honing his skills at the city-based Volga Archery Academy, lost to his fellow Indian Akash 4-6 in the cadet boys’ final in recurve segment and helped India bag both the eligible slots for the World Youth Olympics Games.

    In fact this is first major recurve medal for Volga Archery Academy after the management decided to concentrate more on recurve segment.

    Dhiraj, who is pursuing Intermediate at SRR & CVR College, flew to Ahmedabad from Dhaka to be part of the State team at the School Games Federation under-19 National archery championship and went on to win five gold medals to emerge as the best archer and overall champion of the event.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by J.P Shridharan / Vijayawada – December 06th, 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: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – December 02nd, 2017

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    December 4th, 2017adminEducation, Resources of Free Materials, Sports
    VIJAYAWADA, ANDHRA PRADESH, 03/12/2017 Indian Archer Vennam Jyothi Surekha in action in Vijayawada on Sunday. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar   | Photo Credit:

    VIJAYAWADA, ANDHRA PRADESH, 03/12/2017
    Indian Archer Vennam Jyothi Surekha in action in Vijayawada on Sunday. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar | Photo Credit:

    Prestigious event will be held at Jakarta in next August

    City archer and Arjuna awardee Vennam Jyothi Surekha ended her international assignment for the year 2017 in a triumphant note clinching three medals at the recently-concluded 20th Asian Archery Championship at Dhaka (Bangladesh).

    She won gold in team event, silver in mixed and bronze in the individual event in the tournament, which saw Indians giving a tough fight to the numero unoteam – Korea.

    “We are equal to Koreans in all respects including equipment and technique. The archer who gets adjusted the conditions well emerged winner because what separates a winner and loser is a wafer-thin margin,” Surekha told to The Hindu, on her return from Dhaka.

    Twenty-one-year old management student of Koneru Lakshmaiah University is eagerly looking forward to 2018 in which the prestigious Asian Games will be held at Jakarta (Indonesia) in August.

    “We do not know how many events would figure in the compound segment. But I am mentally preparing for all three events – team, mixed and individual. Soon both Archery Associaiton of India and Sports Authourity of India will decide about the coaching camps”.

    Surekha said arriving at the venue, especially in alien countries, one day before the official practice gave the archers to chance to get used the weather conditions and the ambiance.

    The early part of 2017 was not significant for the ace archer as she could not a win medals in the Asia Cup (Bangkok), World Cup Stage One (Shanghai), Two (Antalya), Four (Berlin) and at World Universities at Chinese Taipei.

    But she had a memorable world championship at Mexico when she won silver medal in her mixed event partnering Abhishek Varma. “In the individual ranking round, I lost in the pre-quarterfinal narrowly. I was tied with a Korean 146-146 and in the single arrow shootout we both hit the 10 points but her arrow was close to the X enabling her to advance”.

    Incidentally she has been representing the country for the past of seven years. Surekha also received the coveted Arjuna award for her contribution to the archery.

    The Andhra Pradesh State government announced a reward of ₹ 1 crore, a 500-square yard house site in Vijayawada and a government job for achieving the prestigious Arjuna award.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Othe Sports / by J.K. Shridharan / December 03rd, 2017

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    December 3rd, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports
    Moment to cherish:Members of Andhra u-19 women’s team in a cheerful mood during a felicitation programme in Vijayawada on Friday.V. RAJUV RAJU.

    Moment to cherish:Members of Andhra u-19 women’s team in a cheerful mood during a felicitation programme in Vijayawada on Friday.V. RAJUV RAJU.

    Rs. 10 lakh cash award presented to the team

    Andhra Cricket Association on Friday felicitated the victorious Andhra under-19 women’s team with Rs. 10 lakh cash award for emerging as national champion in the limited overs segment defeating Mumbai in the final at Guntur on Thursday.

    Several administrators, coaches and players, including National Senior Selection Committee chairman MSK Prasad took part in the function and congratulated the team.

    This is the second time Andhra under- 19 women’s team had won a national title. Earlier it won its maiden title at Cuttack in 2015.

    Speaking on the occasion ACA secretary Ch. Arun Kumar said that owing to progressive steps taken by the association under the stewardship of Narasapuram Member of Parliament Gokaraju Ganga Raju, the results have started to trickle in.

    “ACA has spent BCCI funds in a productive manner by sprucing up infrastructure in all 13 districts and the setting up of women’s academy at JKC College (Guntur) paved way for the development of the women cricket in a big way,’ he said. “The results are not instant. There is a sustained effort for more than six years which is helping Andhra teams win big tournaments,” said National Senior Selection Committee chairman M.S.K. Prasad

    Women’s team coach Srinivas Reddy said that this team defeated the top teams in the country. Players like Durga, Sindhuja, E. Padmaja, Pushpa Latha and others played well. “The players should learn how to take singles. With no singles coming they are getting under pressure and going for big unproductive strokes,” he observed. ACA administrators recollected the services of late J. Narendranath, who strove hard for the development of the women’s cricket in Andhra.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – December 02nd, 2017

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    November 29th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    Proud moment:Students displaying the medals they won in the Pencak Silat event heldin Singapore, at Ongole.Kommuri SrinivasKommuriSrinivas

    Proud moment:Students displaying the medals they won in the Pencak Silat event heldin Singapore, at Ongole.Kommuri SrinivasKommuriSrinivas

    Win six golds in Pencak Silat Singapore Open

    Students from the Nextgen International School here have brought laurels winning gold in six events and one bronze in Pencak Silat for pre-teens under different weight categories in the Singapore Open championship held earlier this month.

    The students — K. Abhishek, D. Girish, S.P. Sandeep, G. Yashwantraj, B. Puneet Chakravarthy Rathod, K. Harshavardhan and A. Varshith — are not the ones to rest on past laurels. The young sportspersons, all below 13 years of age, are determined to prove their mettle in the World Championship to be held in Thailand in March, 2018

    “We will prove to the world that our win in the Singapore Open is not a flash in the pan,” they said after a tiring practice session under the watchful eyes of team India captain P. Manoj Sai who has honed their skills.

    The training for the students includes three hours of practice in the morning and evening sessions. “They are provided with a special diet which is less in sugar and oil contents,” the coach said.

    It will be a golden opportunity for Pencak Silat practitioners as the event is a medal event in the next Asian games.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National > Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Ongole – November 26th, 2017

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    November 15th, 2017adminRecords, All, Science & Technology, Sports

    In this form of treatment, the patient regains full range of movement at the shoulder joint within a short span of time.

    Visakhapatnam:

    The Department of Surgery and Orthopaedics at Divisional Railway Hospital here performed its first sports-injury repair surgery under general anaesthesia. A 50-year-old male patient was admitted to Railway Hospital with Rotator cuff injuries. MRI showed rupture of Supraspinatus tendon with exposed humerus head.

    These types of injuries which were till now being treated conservatively or referred to Howrah Orthopaedic Hospital for further management was treated using anchorage screws.

    In this form of treatment, the patient regains full range of movement at the shoulder joint within a short span of time.

    The surgical team consisted of Dr K.P.S. Kasi Pati additional CMS, HVS consultant Dr A. Gopi Krishna and Dr G.V.S. Ramu, Dr Madhulina Nag, anaesthetist and the team consisted of OT sisters and OT staff. Dr B.G.S. Rao, CMS and Sr DMO anaesthesia Dr M. Mahesh Kumar were present during the surgery.

    Department of Surgery and Orthopaedics also equipped itself to start arthroscopic knee surgeries under the guidance of CMS Railway hospital and with the support of Divisional Railway Manager Waltair.

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Lifestyle> Health & Wellbeing / Decccan Chronicle / November 12th, 2017

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