June 20th, 2015Sports
Guntur’s Bommini Mounika Akshaya continued her dream run at the 16th ASEAN age group chess championship that concluded in Singapore on Tuesday by winning a bronze medal in the under-12 rapid girls segment by hauling five points out of seven rounds.
She lost to Tan Huynh Thanh of Vietnam and drew with fellow Indian Swarna Braganza and Bach Duong of Vietnam to make it to the podium. She finished ninth in the blitz category.
However, she was part of the Indian team that won the gold in the blitz and silver in the rapid segments.
The other team members were Salonika Saina and Swarna Braganza. Earlier, young Mounika, who is trained by Ponnur-based Murali, won two gold medals in the U-12 standard segment.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – June 17th, 2015
June 20th, 2015Sports
Mr. Prabhakara Rao is the tenth umpire from Andhra to qualify as the BCCI panel umpire.
Guntur-based K. Prabhakar Rao has been qualified as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) panel umpire, according to a release from the Andhra Cricket Association here on Friday.
Mr. Prabhakara Rao is the tenth umpire from Andhra to qualify as the BCCI panel umpire. The others being Late M.S. Siva Sankaraiah, V. Srinivasan, B. M. Subbu Swamy, B.V.S. L.N. Sastry, G.A. Pratap Kumar (all retired), P. Bhanu Prakash, S. Rama Krishna, M. Ramesh Kumar and Ch. Ravikanth Reddy.
A former cricketer, Mr. Rao is presently working as a physical education teacher in Zilla Parishad High School, Vejendla, Chebrolu Taluk in Guntur Dist. ACA members led by secretary Gokaraju Gangaraju congratulated the feat of Mr. Rao.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – June 20th, 2015
In a rare honour, a woman congress leader Gara Usharani has been invited by United States of America (USA) for a three-week state sponsored visit to explore the federal political system of USA. Usha is one of the few to get the invitation from across the nation and only woman from AP. US state department invited select young leaders from across the globe to have a close look at the political administration of its government under International Visitor Leader Programme (IVLP). Usha is presently serving as all-india general secretary of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and in-charge of women wing.
A multi-talented woman, Usha is basically a Sports Authority of India (SAI) trained badminton coach and also an ace athlete. She joined the congress party at the very young age and worked in the youth congress in the team of Rahul Gandhi at the national level. She was all india general secretary of youth congress when Rahul was in-charge. She was in-charge of Youth congress affairs in various states. After seeing her authority on various languages and ability to act as trouble shooter in crisis management, INTUC chief Sanjeev Reddy took her into his team and appointed her as national level women wing chief. Usha is presently working on various women related issues in the implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). “It is a privilege to get the opportunity to study the US political administration,” said Usha.
She said that as per the programme, the US officials would introduce the structures and functions of the U.S. federalist system of government, with emphasis on the division of authority and responsibility between federal, state, and local governments and the courts. She said that they would also demonstrate successful models of cooperation among state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, community organizations, and the business sector.
“Exploring the role and structure of ethics in government and business in the United States and illustrate the principles underlying transparency and accountability will be main task of the tour,” said Usha. The tour will begin on April, 4 and culminate on April, 25. She explained that there would be roundtable on women in politics during the tour in which representatives of the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), Running Start and Women’s Policy, Inc. (WPI) would join for a conversation on building political aspirations and power among women both in the United States and across the world.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Hyderabad / by M N Samdani, TNN / March 29th, 2015
Executive committee member of the East Godavari District Cricket Association K.S. Kiran Raju was co-opted as president of the association in the place of Dr. K.T. Mathews, who passed away recently, during an executive committee meeting of the association held in Kakinada last week.
EGDCA passed a resolution hailing the services rendered by the late Dr. Mathews and conveyed its condolences to his family.
Mr. Kiran Raju will function as president of the association till the residuary period of the 2011-15 term for which Dr. Mathews was elected in the past, secretary K. Bapiraju informed. Mr. D. Ravikumar was co-opted as a EC member in place of Mr. Kiran Raju.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – March 27th, 2015
For someone whose first love is agriculture, Vattikuti Sambasiva Rao, a farmer hailing from Guntur district, has scripted his way into the Telugu literary world by penning two unique books on cricket – Bharat Ratna and Jayaho Bharat . While one signals the end of the Sachin Tendulkar era, the other is on India’s performance graph in recent times. Interestingly, this 65-year-old, whose earlier notable contribution to literature was his book on late Chief Minister and Telugu matinee idol N.T. Rama Rao, developed an interest in cricket only a decade ago. But it seemed enough to spur him to try his hand at writing books in cricket, which he says is his ‘first love’.
Encouraged by his children, he seems to have mastered the art of interspersing his knowledge in the language with cricketing terms, which catch the imagination of the average cricket lover.
The books were formally released by Indian women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj and Andhra Jyothi Editor K. Srinivas here on Monday.
‘Huge Tendulkar fan’
“I am a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar and am longing to meet him at least once. I consider it God’s grace that I wrote my first book on him,” he remarked. Mr. Rao said that he was almost ready with another book on India’s progress in the ongoing World Cup.
Pens two unique books on cricket – one signalling the end of the Sachin Tendulkar era and the other on India’s performance graph in recent times
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – March 27th, 2015
Local resident Mr. Abhiram clinched the singles title in the Pin Strikerz Bowling Championship held here on March 8 and 9. Mr. Vivek from Hyderabad and Mr. Pasha from Vijayawada bagged the second and third places respectively.
In the doubles category, the team of Mr. Abdullah and Mr. Vamsi from Vijayawada won the championship, while another local team of Mr. Pasha and Mr. Dilip Jain from the city bagged the second place.
In all, 32 participants from different parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States participated in the two-day championship.
Andhra Pradesh Ten Pin Bowling Association general secretary Smitha Chowdhary was chief guest for the prize distribution ceremony. P.S. Charan, general manager Planet Fun and Praveen Tungala, president Pin Strikerz Group, distributed the trophies, said a press release.
In the doubles category, the team of Mr. Abdullah and Mr. Vamsi from Vijayawada won the championship
source:http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – March 10th, 2015
She is no different from the children of her age. Like others, she loves cartoons and chocolates. But the special talent of nine-year-old Ch Dolly Shivani in archery makes her different from other children.
Spending more than three hours a day on practice at Cherukuri Volga Archery Academy from age 2, under the guidance of her coach L Chandra Sekhar, Shivani is all set to enter the India Book of Records in the sub-junior category.
Addressing newsmen here Wednesday, Ch Satyanarayana, head of the academy and father of Shivani, said for the first time in the history of archery, a nine-year-old kid was holding the recurve bow which was specially made in Poland by Ukraine expert Alexander and shoot arrows to the board at a distance of 7 m.
“Shivani is going to perform before the public at VMC Volga Archery field on March 24 to set a record by shooting with recurve bows at this tender age for certification by the India Book of Records,” he said. Shivani is the third daughter of Ch Satyanarayana and Krishna kumari, who had lost their two daughters and international archers Volga and Lenin in an accident, a few years ago. On the occasion, Satyanarayana requested the government to support talented players like in other countries.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Express News Service / March 12th, 2015
February 21st, 2015Sports
Badminton Association of India Match Control and Andhra Pradesh Badminton Association office secretary M.S.N. Prasad has been nominated as sports analyst to the Indian team participating in Dutch International to be held at Haarlem, the Netherlands from February 25 to March 1 and Yonex German Open to be held at Berlin, Germany, from March 5 to 8.
The BAI has nominated Mr. Prasad after considering his services to badminton during the last 10 years. The 26-member team with 20 players, two support staff, three coaches and one manager will leave Delhi for Amsterdam on Sunday.
Earlier, he took up assignments at 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2009 World Championships, 2010 Asian Badminton Confederation, India Open Super Series, Indian Badminton League, Thomas and Uber Cup finals and many international and national tournaments besides recently conducted 79th Senior Nationals at Vijayawada and 35th National Games 2015 in Kerala.
He has successfully undertaken training course in match control in West Bengal and Hyderabad.
APBA secretary K.Ch. Punnaiah Chowdary, APBA chief T.G. Venkatesh, National Chief Coach Pullela Gopichand and BAI joint secretary P. Ankamma Chowdary congratulated Mr. Prasad for his overseas assignments.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – February 21st, 2015
February 18th, 2015About Seemandhra / Andhra Pradesh, Business & Economy, Inspiration /Positive News and Features, Sports
A Sensory Park at Kurnool, Braille printing press at Guntur and Regional Centre for Rehabilitation of Physically Challenged in Nellore district are among the facilities the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will set up in Andhra Pradesh.
This was announced by Union Minster for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot here on Saturday.
The State Government had agreed to allot land for the Regional Centre for Rehabilitation of Physically Challenged.
Eleven districts in the State would have District Disability Rehabilitation Centres.
“At the Sensory Park the arrangements are such that the visually challenged, hearing impaired and physically challenged would sense the flowers, colours, etc. of a park,” the Union Minster said.
Zonal Sports Complex
For the multi-crore Zonal Sports Complex sanctioned to the city, the State Government would have to allot land, he said.
Asked on the necessity for increasing accommodation for girl students, particularly on Andhra University campus, the Union Minister said that funds would be released for providing facilities to the SCs, OBCs, physically challenged and other eligible sections.
The university should, however, make a representation to the Ministry.
The Ministry would also provide funds for providing lifts, ramps and toilets at public utility places such as hospitals and bus stations for making them accessible to physically challenged persons.
The Collectorate and District Courts Complex here were sanctioned lift and ramps.
The budget allocation for the Ministry was Rs. 6,500 crore under social justice wing and Rs. 565 crore for physically challenged rehabilitation section.
Visakhapatnam MP K. Haribabu lauded the Ministry for brining out a compendium of its schemes and programmes for people to understand what it was doing and what help they could get.
Mr. Gehlot said the Indian team had won 33 medals at the Asian Para Olympics held in South Korea recently. India beat Pakistan in the final of World Cup cricket tournament for the blind.
International para sports meet
The Government was planning to host an international para sports meet by spending Rs. 20 crore, he said.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – February 15th, 2015
Social justice camps will be conducted in all the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh to distribute aid to the differently-abled, which would give them an opportunity to empower themselves in life, said Union minister for Social Justice Thaawar Chand Gehlot, here Saturday.
The Central government has organised these camps in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Tirupati and Anakapalle, and distributed welfare aid worth `5 crore to the differently-abled so far.
Speaking at a social justice camp organised at Anakapalle, the minister said that the Centre initiated various steps to iempower the differently-abled and senior citizens in the country. The department has decided to provide lifts and ramps in all government offices and hospitals for the benefit of the differently-abled. Rehabilitation and training centres will be established in every district, he informed.
The Union government was committed to the welfare of the physically and mentally-challenged people. “The government allocated `6,500 crore for the social justice department and another `560 crore for the department of disability affairs to protect the interests of the differently-abled,” he reiterated.
The minister also revealed the Central government’s plans to introduce e-vidya system for the benefit of differently-abled apart from providing them with educational loans at a subsidised interest rate of four per cent to pursue higher studies.
Anakapalle Parliament member M Srinivasa Rao requested the Union minister to facilitate sanctioning of a National Institute of Spinal Surgery unit at Anakapalle to provide better treatment for the victims of road accidents. State ministers P Sujatha, P Raghunadha Reddy and Ganta Srinivasa Rao elaborated on the welfare measures initiated by the state government.
Later, Gehlot told mediamen in Visakhapatnam that the Union Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment will establish five sports complexes for the differently-abled in five zones of the country. “The only sports complex for differently-abled in South India will be constructed in Visakhapatnam and we have asked the state government to provide necessary land in this regard.”
The Union government would also provide `6 lakh for the cochlear implants towards surgeries conducted for children below six years and provide them a new lease of life.
“Recently, the ministry financed for three children for the cochlear implant in Mumbai. It will conduct camps to distribute motorised tricycles to provide mobility to people with over 80 per cent disability,” he added.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Express News Service / February 15th, 2015