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    June 19th, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports
    Jet skiing boat on Mypadu beach near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. / The Hindu

    Jet skiing boat on Mypadu beach near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. / The Hindu

    The charge is fixed at Rs. 250 per person for a three to four minute ride. The charge is fixed at Rs. 250 per person for a single three to four minute ride and yet there is considerable demand to the jet skies.

    These days, visitors are greeted by the spectacular scenes of one or two persons riding aquatic motorbikes at the Mypadu beach in Nellore district.

    The general public is being held spell-bound as this fun sport was introduced by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC). Now a joy ride on these aquatic motorbikes has become a must at this boating point.

    Located nearly 24 km. from Nellore town, the Mypadu beach point has been allotted two jet ski aquatic bikes. The APTDC started offering this service keeping in mind the huge potential for attracting the fun-loving urban enthusiasts.

    For the rural folks, the aquatic bikes are indeed a feast to the eyes. The visitors who come to bathe in the sea just stand watching in wonder as the AP tourism’s drivers take tourists on the bike ride against the lapping waves of the sea.

    The charge is fixed at Rs. 250 per person for a single three to four minute ride and yet there is considerable demand to the jet skies.

    The recreational water sport with these aquatic bikes has become commercially successful. The visitors, who stay at the AP Tourism’s Haritha hotel nearby, are making it a must to enjoy a ride on the jet ski bike.

    Seeing the big scope for this, the AP Tourism officials picked up local youths and arranged specialised training. “I got training at Goa beach. There the sea is more or less smooth. Visitors drive the jet ski by themselves with expert swimmers kept available for emergencies,” said Ch. Srinu, who is hired as an aquatic bike driver by the APTDC.

    As the sea is not smooth here, the riding enthusiasts are not being given a chance to ride the water bikes on their own. One has to sit and gently hold the handle while the AP Tourism’s driver rides the bike.

    Officials of the AP Tourism intend to allow a few select individuals to rides these jet ski bikes once they get used to this riding habit.

    The jet skies bikes are fitted with petrol engines and they have to be operated with extra care. The officials are hopeful of a greater patronage from the public going by the welcoming initial response to this recreational activity at Mypadu beach.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Staff Reporter / Nellore – January 11th, 2014

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    June 19th, 2014adminSports

    Sites have been allotted for taking up development of playgrounds in the Assembly constituencies that fall in GVMC limits.

    The grounds will be developed by the Sports Department with the State Government funds and the District Sports Development Officer will oversee the works.

    There was a demand in the general body meetings of the GVMC to develop a sports ground in each of the six zones. However, this has been changed to Assembly constituencies.

    No site was available to develop the grounds in Visakhapatnam East, South and North constituencies that are located in the heart of the city. However, various stadiums are located in these constituencies.

    For Bheemunipatnam, the ground will come up on a 2.5-acre site at Madhurawada and work has already begun, according to Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana.

    For Visakhapatnam West, 70 cents of land was identified near Coromandel Gate and tenders called.

    For Pendurti, six acres of land near Parawada police station and for Gajuwaka, five acres opposite Duvvada railway station have been identified.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – June 11th, 2014

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    June 19th, 2014adminRecords, All, Sports
    Picture for representational purpose (Photo: DC archives)

    Picture for representational purpose (Photo: DC archives)


    A seven-year-old skater is trying to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

    Gundupalli Devisri Prasad, started skating at the local Srinivasa sports complex in Tirupati at the age of six. He is planning to enter the record books in Limbo skating.

    Even though Devisri Prasad is confident of turning his dream into reality, he is on the lookout for sponsors to turn his dream into reality.

    He has already won many sporting laurels on the global arena over the years.

    The grim reality in terms of available resources including financial issues has come as the biggest hurdle for this 7-yr old skater who hails from a lower middle class family.

    Devi’s father G.Lokanatham, a retired Junior technical officer in the Panchayat raj department and mother G.Padma, a housewife have been a pillar of support for Devi ever since he stepped into the skating rink.

    ‘My father is my biggest strength. He attends every single practice session of mine which goes on for 4 hours a day on a road between Sri Venkateswara university and Sri Venkateswara Vedic university without fail and instills confidence in me whenever i’m down’.

    His father Lokanatham says ‘Devi is a god’s gift to us. He was born after close to three decades of our marriage and ever since he stepped into skating we have backed him despite our financial difficulties to ensure no hurdle comes between him and his dream of becoming the world’s best skater’.

    Devi’s mother and foster mother G. Meena Prabha too chip in with the needed help when it comes to maintaining a good diet and other personal issues. Meanwhile the management of the ‘Silver Bells Central school’ where Devi is studying grade III have been very accommodating when it comes to re-scheduling special classes for him which he misses on account of his sporting engagements.

    ‘Devi is the best among the boys in his age group in the country, but he needs more training to win accolades for the nation in the international sporting events, which comes at a price’, says Devi’s trainer Mr.Prasad.

    The young skater who is all set to go the distance to get a place in the Guinness book of world records is on the look out for sponsors to get closer to his dreams.

    source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> Politics / DC / by U. Sudhakar Reddy / June 19th, 2014

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    June 11th, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports


    Fun lovers yet to get the green signal to indulge in adventure sports on the island. A number of adventure games were introduced in the island to add to the fun element for the younger lot.

    Fun-loving children, who can’t wait to chill out in the series of exotic and adventure games introduced on Bhavani Island on the river Krishna, eagerly look forward to the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Minister-designate N. Chandrababu Naidu.

    Yes, there is a connection between the two. Children who throng the picturesque island with the fond hope of freaking out in the adventure zone that promises loads of fun, especially after installation of a number of fun games like ‘Jungle Gym’, wall-climbing and most importantly, the water-roller that allows fun-lovers to walk, float and roll on water in a 12-feet-long cylindrical PVC structure, are crest-fallen when they are asked to wait for some more days.

    The Hindu

    The Hindu

    A number of adventure games were introduced in the island to add to the fun element for the younger lot. But elections, followed by the bifurcation, marred the smooth sail. The local AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) authorities are now waiting for the green signal from the government (which does not exist) to bring the new equipment into use.

    “The fun-starved kids in this region have never had their share of entertainment. The island somehow has never delivered the promised fun and frolic. It has always disappointed visitors in some way or the other. It took years for the APTDC authorities to wake up to the tourism potential of this place and bring in games that could attract large crowds. When it was done finally, the elections and bifurcation played spoilsport,” rues Soumya, a young mother. “Driven by the exciting idea of riding a water-roller sporting a life jacket, I visited the island only to be told that the new sports have not yet been made operational,” says a disappointed Chanakya.

    Besides taking up repairs to the damaged play equipment like Burma Bridge and other adventure sports, completion of the long-awaited amphitheatre and renovation of the restaurant and tree-top cottages, the Tourism Corporation authorities have introduced high rope activities, a climbing wall, a Tarzan swing and much more. Funds to the tune of Rs. 1 crore have been spent to spruce up the island but it will take some time before young fun-lovers can actually reap the benefits.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by P. Sujatha Varma / Vijayawada – June 03rd, 2014

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    June 2nd, 2014adminLeaders, Sports
    Jagarlamudi Narendranath / The Hindu

    Jagarlamudi Narendranath / The Hindu

    Secretary and Correspondent of J.K.C College and chairman of the Women Cricket Academy of Andhra Cricket Association, Jagarlamudi Narendranath, 67, passed away at his home after a brief illness.

    Narendranath had been suffering from cancer and ailing for the last few months, his brother and Managing Director of Jocil Industries J. Murali Mohan said.

    The eldest son of former MP J. Chandramouli, Narendranath took over the reins of the college and established the college as one of the premier educational institutions in the district.

    During the last five years, Narendranath dedicated himself to the setting up of the Women Cricket Academy, the first-of-its kind in the country.

    The academy, the first-of-its kind in the country, has facilities for accommodating 70 players, coaches and supporting staff. The academy has 16 rooms and a dormitory. A state-of-the-art gym makes the academy complete.

    With the setting up of the academy, Guntur has emerged as the nerve centre of women’s cricket in the State.

    Mr. Narendranath was always in the thick of action overseeing construction of the academy or providing facilities for players and coaches. He had convinced the JKC College to part with the three acres of land and spent nearly Rs.4 crore for setting up the academy.

    Leading personalities of the town, MPs-elect Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and Galla Jayadev, MLA-elect Alapati Rajendra Prasad, M.D of Pioneer Automotives and member of JKC College committee Chukkapalli Ramesh and others paid their respects.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Staff Reporter / Guntur – June 02nd, 2014

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    Sandy Robson (Photo: DC archive)

    Sandy Robson (Photo: DC archive)


    Fishermen of Palaverkadu village located on the Tamil Nadu side of Pulicat Lake stopped an Australian sailor named Sandy Robson, who was on a world tour from Germany to Australia through the sea on a pedal boat, suspecting her bonafides on Sunday.

    Nellore SP Navdeep Singh Grewal deputed Tada SI Abdul Razak to the spot after the woman called on Coast Guard and the police. The SI verified her passport and visa and arranged for her stay at Chinna Mangodu village located on the Tamil Nadu side of Pulicat Lake near Tada in SPSR Nellore district.

    According to the SI the woman entered Indian Ocean at Gujarat and  travelled via the Maharashtra, Kerala and Kanyakumari coasts.  Two coordinators from Tamil Nadu, Ghouse and Muneer, who were monitoring her  journey, spoke to the fishermen who stopped her and cleared their doubts  after Sandy alerted them.

    The Tada sub inspector  managed to find her in a fishermen’s village in Tamil Nadu and found declarations of the Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu police with her. He said the woman was trying to break the 1930 record of a similar   expedition and  they are going to allow her to continue her expedition  on Monday.

    Sandy is going to West Bengal as part of her voyage.  Nellore SP Navdeep Singh said that she called him and their men have  traced her with the help of GPS Coordinates she gave to him.

    source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> Current Affairs / DC  Correspondent / May 19th, 2014

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    May 26th, 2014adminSports

    “It has been a good year so far, having entered a couple of finals including the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open. More importantly, I am ranked World No. 3 in doubles. I am trying to do as well as possible,” says Sania Mirza. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.

    Photo: Nagara Gopal /  Sportstar

    Photo: Nagara Gopal / Sportstar

    Sania Mirza…“I still think I have a realistic chance of being World No. 1 in doubles. I am very close to that right now. Before I stop playing, I think I can achieve this.”

    Sania Mirza is upbeat after winning the women’s doubles title at the WTA Portugal Open recently. The 27-year-old player from Hyderabad and her partner, the 10-time Grand Slam winner Cara Black of Zimbabwe, defeated Eva Hrdinova (Czech Republic) and Valeria Solovyeva (Russia) 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

    “Well, it is always a great feeling to win a WTA title. And this is in a way special, for it is my 20th title overall in the circuit,” says a visibly elated Sania.

    For the record, Sania and Cara were playing their third final of the season, having finished runner-up at Indian Wells and Stuttgart earlier. The duo has won three titles from five finals.

    “It has been a good year so far, having entered a couple of finals including the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open. More importantly, I am ranked World No. 3 in doubles. I am trying to do as well as possible,” says Sania in a chat with Sportstar.

    “Cara Black will be my partner. It was a bit unfortunate that in Sydney early this year, she had a niggling injury. But she is fit now and so am I. Wish to come up with real good performances.

    “When I look back, it’s good that Cara Black and I lost early in the Australian Open. It gave time for her to recover,” she says.

    “We will be playing in the French Open together,” Sania adds.

    Talking of her future in doubles, she says: “Definitely, you have to keep changing your goals as the days pass by. I still think I have a realistic chance of being World No. 1 in doubles. I am very close to that right now. Before I stop playing, I think I can achieve this.” On the changes in the game ever since she won her first WTA singles title in 2005, the winner of two majors says: “It is really huge — the standard of the game in the last six to seven years. It is more of physical strength now. Longer rallies are the order of the day. Need to be able to sustain your fitness levels. I don’t think tennis has ever been so demanding physically as it has been of late.”

    Answering a query on her fitness, Sania says: “I feel pretty good in terms of physical fitness. Some odd niggles will be there, but nothing major.”

    She goes on: “I can’t say how my career will be after a few more years. I want to take it year by year. As you all know, there was a phase when I thought it was all over because of the wrist injuries in 2010 and the number of surgeries I had to undergo.

    “But I came back well to enter a Grand Slam final and win a Grand Slam title too later on. Results which made me believe that it was not all over.”

    Sania is perturbed over some media reports suggesting that all is not well with her marriage with Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik.

    “Life is hectic and very demanding for both of us since we are professional sportspersons. This, we were pretty well aware of before we got married. Definitely, this is not the way you like it to be — being away from each other. But there are very few options when our focus is on our respective sporting careers,” explains Sania.

    “Definitely, there are times when we do feel why we should go through these testing times. But we are aware of the goals ahead since we believe that there is a lot left in us to be in sport.

    “Ours is a special relationship and let me tell you we never discuss the media reports on our marriage.

    “Let me remind you, we did not get married for the sake of fans. Our relationship continues to be special. Definitely, it hurts when the media intrudes our privacy. But again, we can’t go around and keep answering every one around,” she adds.

    source: / Sportstar / Home> Tennis> Interview / by V. V. Subrahmanyam / Vol. 37, No.22 – May 31st, 2014

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    Hyderabad :

    A host of Sunrisers Hyderabad players, including captain Shikhar Dhawan, joined cancer combating kids and played ‘Sunrisers – Juvenile Cancer Patients’ cricket match at Apollo Cancer Hospital at Jubilee Hills here on Tuesday.

    Dale Steyn, Darren Sammy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Irfan Pathan and Ishant Sharma were the other players who were present on the occasion. They interacted with the cancer-stricken kids.

    Dhawan said, “These children are the true heroes as they have taken the challenge to fight this dreadful disease.”

    “We take on the challenge in cricket ground only on the day of the match, but these children have taken the challenge of their life on a day-to-day to basis and are fighting bravely,” Sammy said.

    “The never say die attitude of these kids taught us a lesson or two, they are our true idols and we need to emulate the strength of their solid character in an adverse phase of their lives. Their fortitude will ensure that these kids will hit cancer for a six,” South African speedster Steyn said in a release.

    source: / Business Line / Home> News> Sports / by PTI / Hyderabad – May 13th, 2014

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    May 19th, 2014adminSports
    APSPDCL Chief Engineer K. Raja Bapaiah trying his hand at tennis after inaugurating the 39th All India Electricity Sports Control Board’s Tennis Tournament in Vijayawada on Monday. / PHOTO: V. Raju. ./ The Hindu

    APSPDCL Chief Engineer K. Raja Bapaiah trying his hand at tennis after inaugurating the 39th All India Electricity Sports Control Board’s Tennis Tournament in Vijayawada on Monday. / PHOTO: V. Raju. ./ The Hindu

    The winners of the four-day 39 all India Electricity Sports Control Board tennis tournament, which was inaugurated at the synthetic tennis complex at IGMC stadium here on Monday, will get two increments while the runner-up will obtain one. The player who finishes third will carry home Rs. 20,000.

    The all India fixture, held for the first time in Vijayawada, was declared open by chief engineer of APSPDCL K. Raja Bapaiah and Superintending Engineer (Operation Circle) B. Mohan Krishna, amidst players from power corporations from 12 States including teams from Andhra Pradesh – APTransco and APGenco.

    The tournament assumes importance as a six-member team will be selected which will take part in the national-level inter-institutional tournament, a prestigious event in which several institutes like Indian Railways, banks and LIC will compete.

    “Top six players in the singles open segment will automatically make it to the national team. Several national-level players will be seen in action which will be held both in the morning and evening sessions,” said Mr. Bapaiah. He said Vijayawada was well known for premier educational institutions and also a vital sports centre with the best of sporting facilities.

    Last year the fixture was held at Lucknow in which Kerala Electricity Board emerged winners. UP Power Sector and Punjab Electricity Board took the second and third places respectively. The tournament will feature both singles and doubles.

    APTransco Sports officer Kumara Vadivelu said that all the players were provided accommodation in various guest houses and boarding will be provided for all the four days.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Staff Reporter / Vijayawada – May 19th, 2014

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    May 15th, 2014adminEducation, Sports
    VVS Laxman with his wife Sailaja and children at the launch of 1st Innings | a suresh kumar

    VVS Laxman with his wife Sailaja and children at the launch of 1st Innings | a suresh kumar

    Apart from quality education, the surroundings and ambience that a child learns in, plays a huge part in their schooling experience. Keeping that in mind, 1st Innings playschool was launched in the city on Friday by Sailaja Laxman and her husband VVS Laxman, the cricketer. As chairperson and founder of the organisation respectively, the duo inaugurated the premises that is located at Road No.2  Banjara Hills which are in fact, the brain child of Sailaja.

    “What you give your children is the most significant part of your life. Good values and education are instrumental to a child’s life and an educated person is able to learn and adapt better,” explained Sailaja about the driving motto behind her idea, before thanking her ‘very very special husband’, much to his amusement.

    Admitting that it was challenging to be a cricketer’s wife, given the amount of travelling involved, she said she used the opportunity to visit some of the finest schools in the world. “Thanks to my husband’s profession, I had the  opportunity to visit some of the best schools in the world and I know what international quality of education is like. I wish to bring that similar model of world class infrastructure and teaching to Hyderabad through 1st Innings,” she emphasised.

    Quoting Rabindranath Tagore’s famous line ‘Don’t limit a child to your own learning, as he was born in another time’, she said she developed her passion for education while bringing up her own two kids. “When my children were ready for school, I  wanted to provide the best possible education for them and did a lot of research on the best schools available. I then decided to put in my strong passion towards education to use by starting this project,” she explained.

    Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman played the double role of a husband and a father and had his hands full with his two children by his side. Humble as ever, Laxman was his usual warm self and was delighted to be part of this project. “This venture is very important to me. A lot of people had asked what I would like to do when I retire and I said that apart from helping with cricket in Hyderabad, I would also like to open a school. So I’m happy to be a part of this project and I am convinced it will be a success,” he said.

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    Currently playing the role of a mentor to the Hyderabad Sunrisers (SRH) in the Indian Premier League, Laxman was happy with the team’s UAE outing, despite losing three out of five games. “I thought we played some good cricket and the pitches were really good. Even though we lost three games, two of them were really close and on another day, we could’ve won them. Hoping for a good show back in India now,” he said.

    SRH’s lethal spin-twins Amit Mishra and Karn Sharma were instrumental in their good showing last season, but have failed to deliver the same impact this time around as they were taken to the cleaners by the opposition. Laxman is hoping that their form improves in India. “Obviously it hasn’t gone perfectly for them and we are hoping that the pitches in Hyderabad will suit them and they regain their potency which was so crucial for us last season,” he said.

    SRH captain has been under the scanner for some of his decision-making, which made fans wonder if Darren Sammy was better qualified for the job. Laxman though, was quick to dismiss such views and backed Dhawan to the hilt. “No, I think Dhawan is doing a good job. There’s no concern there,” he said.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Hyderabad / by Express Features – Hyderabad / May 03rd, 2014

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