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    April 16th, 2016adminSports, World Opinion
    G. Harshitha

    G. Harshitha

    Young Rajahmundry teenager Guddanti Harshitha overcame biting cold weather and bouts of fever to add two international medals to her kitty by winning silver medals in the Asian youth chess championship that concluded in Mongolia on Thursday.

    She scored seven points out of nine by winning seven and losing two to finish second in the standard under-16 girls’ category, and later she won silver in the rapid segment as well. “She finished fifth in the blitz segment,” says Andhra Pradesh Chess Association secretary D. Srihari.

    “She lost the two crucial rounds owing to fever as the weather was unbearable for several youngsters,” says Harshitha’s mother Sridevi.

    Harshitha, a Class X student of TRIPS International School, started playing chess six years ago. After learning the basics, she is now being trained by Grandmaster Arun Prasad of Chennai online since 2014.

    Before major tournaments Harshitha visits Chennai for intensive training for 10 days with Mr. Arun Prasad. Harshitha won Asian youth silver in Korea, Commonwealth under-16 bronze, National Juniors Bronze Medal in 2015.

    “Harshitha’s aim is to become a championship player like Grandmaster Koneru Humpy and Dronavalli Harika and play for the country in the premier international tournaments,” says her mother.

    Harshitha wants to go aboard to train under the best of coaches and also play more competitive tourneys but the major hurdle she faces is the lack of sponsors. “We are looking are sponsors to support Harshitha‘s dream of becoming a Grandmaster. It is getting increasingly expensive to travel for training and play in fixtures,” says Dr. Sridevi.

    A class X student, she finished fifth in the blitz segment, says APCA secretary D. Srihari

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – April 16th, 2016

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    Potluri Supreetha

    Potluri Supreetha

    The city’s chess fraternity went gaga over the medal winning performance of Women Fide Master (WFM) Potluri Supreetha, who won a bronze medal in the Asian youth blitz (u-18 girls) championship that concluded in Mongolia on Saturday. The Nuzvid–born youngster hauled five points out of seven rounds to win her eighth international medal.

    “Playing blitz, along with classic and rapid, increases the speed in a player and helps take quick decisions. Supreetha is playing all three formats – classic, rapid and blitz – to emerge as a overall player,” Mr. Bobba said.

    The Class IX student of Viswa Bharathi Vidya Niketan, defeated players like Erdenehulug Batsaikha, Batsaikhna Ganchimeg, U. Uurtsaikh (all Mongolia), V. Toshali, V. Varshini (both India), Yakubbaeva Nilufar (Uzbekistan) and Nguyen Than Thuy Tien (Vietnam) to make it to the podium.

    She will play 2 tournaments in May

    Supreetha, the 14-year-old trainee of Mustabada Sports and Educational Society, will play two tournaments next month – Asian junior chess championship in New Delhi from May 2 to 12 and a Grandmaster Open tournament at Chicago (U.S.A.) from May 25 to enhance her international rating. Chess is not in the family background of Supreetha and her father takes care of agriculture in Nuzvid. What started off as a hobby went on to become an obsession for the young girl.

    source: / The Hindu> Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – April 10th, 2016

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    April 8th, 2016adminEducation, Sports

    Kondru Santhi, a student of AMG Junior College, Chilakaluripet, has secured a double haul of gold and bronze medals at the National Junior Carroms Championship held recently in Gujarat.

    Mind over matter

    A native of Adigoppula village in Durgi mandal, Santhi overcame her physical disabilities to win gold for her team in the team championship.

    She also secured bronze in the individual event.

    AMG International director Arun Kumar Mohanty, vice-president Jacob, AP Caroms Association president M. Chandramouli and district secretary Jaleel congratulated the student.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / Staff Reporter / April 07th, 2016

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    April 7th, 2016adminSports, World Opinion

    Visakhapatnam :

    Five skaters from AP have been selected for the Indian squad that would take part in the Malaysian Open Figure Skating Competition from April 14 to 17. The skaters, including three from the city, will also attend a training camp to be held in Kuala Lumpur from April 6 to 14.

    Out of the five skaters, Priyam Tated, Pratham Tated and M Vishal Anand are all from Timpany School based in the city. The other two skaters B Jaswanth Kumar and Riya Saboo are from Vijayawada. All the five skaters are medal winners in various formats at the national level. The group of five will be accompanied by P Satyanarayana, the coach of the India team.

    source: / The Times of India / News Home> City> Visakhapatnam / TNN / April 05th, 2016

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    For many people, push-up is a way of punishment and for a few it is a noting but a physical exercise. But for Haridasu Ramesh Kumar, a youngster from Chollangi, on the outskirts of Kakinada, push-ups provided the platform to achieve a good number of records.

    Ramesh Kumar’s specialisation is in Hindu push-ups, also known as Hanuman push-ups, Judo push-ups or Dive Bomber push-ups, which he learnt from his father Govindaraju in the childhood and practises every day without fail.

    Ramesh Kumar got his first national record from the Unique World Records in 2014 for doing 100 Hindu push-ups in two minutes and 19 seconds.

    It was the beginning of his quest for records, which made him attend the competitions conducted by different organisations.

    Merit certificates

    After achieving a good number of merit certificates and awards, including a couple of honours from the Incredible Book of Records, in doing 60 Hindu push-ups in 64 seconds and in doing 102 Hindu push-ups in two minutes and six seconds, he has now shifted his focus towards achieving the Guinness Book of World Records and manifold the daily practice of push-ups.

    Physical exercise

    “I have started the push-ups for the sake of physical exercise in my childhood. As I grew up, I have found myself closely associated with this form of exercise and decided to achieve something in this field,” says 34-year-old Ramesh Kumar, who finished his masters in science and is preparing for competitive examinations.

    “There is no need of playground or equipment to practise Hindu push-ups, as one can do it in the sit-out or in the hall. This exercise keeps us fit both physically and mentally,” he says.

    I have started the push-ups for the sake of physical exercise in my childhood. As I grew up, I have found myself closely associated with this form of exercise and decided to achieve something in this field

    Haridasu Ramesh Kumar

    source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh  / K.N.Murali Sankar / Kakinada – April 06th, 2016

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    March 5th, 2016adminRecords, All, Sports

    Lakshmi Devi bagged a gold medal and a silver medal in an athletics event in Sri Lanka

    Deputy Inspector-General of Kurnool Range B.V. Ramana Kumar on Thursday felicitated a woman head constable Nemmipati Lakshmi Devi who bagged a gold and a silver medal in the international athletics championship held in Sri Lanka.

    Ms. Lakshmi Devi, working in the Armed Reserve headquarters in Kurnool, secured gold medal in hammer throw and silver medal in discuss throw held at Diogama Mahindra Rajapakshe sports stadium at Colombo in Sri Lanka in February last week. The DIG felicitated the woman head constable with a shawl and garland and wished that she win more laurels and earn a good name for the police department. Reacting to the felicitation, Ms. Lakshmi Devi said women were excelling in all sectors on par with men and lamented discrimination against women in some aspects.

    Gives credit to family

    She said she could emerge as an international athlete with the encouragement of her family members.

    Additional SP (Administration) T. Chandrasekhar Reddy, Additional SP (Armed Reserve) M.K. Radhakrishna, DSPs D.V. Ramana Murthy, J. Babi Prasad, G. Veeraraghava Reddy, Police Officers Association president T. Narayana and executive members Raghuramudu and Noor Ahmed participated.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh/ by Special Correspondent / Kurnool – March 04th, 2016

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    February 28th, 2016adminRecords, All, Sports

    Visakhapatnam :

    Visakhapatrnam Steel Plant (VSP) clinched the 4 x 400 m relay in the Inter-Steel Athletic Championship 2015-16, which was held at Tata Steel Jamshedpur under the aegis of Steel Plants Sports Board (SPSB) on Friday.

    This is for the first time that the VSP  won a gold in the SPSB Athletics. K Tarun Kumar,  A Sainath, Y Dinesh and L Sai Kumar are the athletes who brought glory to the VSP.

    In addition, Tarun Kumar won a bronze in the 200 m category and manager (Utilities) M Vara Prasad, who co-ordinated the team was nominated for the best observer title. Sameer Kumar Sekhar is the VSP athletic team coach while sports committee member BS Chakravarthi is the manager.

    RINL director (Personnel) GBS Prasad felicitated the winners and other officials. While congratulating the young athletes, Prasad assured complete support to help them reach greater heights. AGM(Sports) MS Kumar, SEA president YK Garg, general secretary P Satyanarayana, AM(Sports) A Kranti Kumar, JM (Sports) MV Murali Mohan, AE (Sports) NJ George, WIPS members of VSP sports committee and others took part in the felicitation ceremony.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Express News Service / February 27th, 2016

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    Visakhapatnam :

    A boat or the sea doesn’t differentiate between a man and a woman and there are no shortcuts to the physical and mental fitness required to sail the open seas, says Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi, who is set to lead India’s first all-women crew to sail the oceans.

    Lt. Commander Joshi, along with a crew of five women, will soon go globe-trotting. Their adventure is likely to start in 2017. The team stood out at the just-concluded International Fleet Review (IFR) where the crew was on INSV Mhadei, a sail training boat of the Indian Navy on which they are currently training.

    “We are training every day for the sailing and it requires a hard level of physical activity. You have to be physically and mentally very strong and there is no short-cut to it,” Lt. Commander Joshi told IANS in an interview.

    “It does not matter whether you are a man or a woman, you have to do what you are required to do,” said the sailor, who is a naval architect by training.

    The crew is being trained by Commander Dilip Donde, the first Indian sailor to circumnavigate solo across the globe on INSV Mhadei.

    Commander Donde, in the same tone, said a sailor is a sailor, irrespective of gender.

    “The sea does not differentiate between a man and a woman. A sailor is a sailor,” Commander Donde told IANS.

    Asked about his guru mantra to the team, the commander said: “Never let your guard down… You have to be on your toes all the time.”

    Riding the open seas in a sailing boat is not an easy feat to pull off.

    The crew needs to be aware of every inch of the boat, which they may need to repair themselves in case of damage. Weather in the open sea also remains unpredictable, and smaller boats face more challenges.

    Lt. Commander Joshi was confident.

    “This is certainly Mission Possible. We have been taking special training on circumnavigation since (last) April. The course included navigation, equipment, managing a crisis or distress situation and communication courses,” she explained.

    The team sailed to Visakhapatnam for the IFR from Goa, and is now on its way back to continue the training.

    The boat on which the journey will finally be undertaken is at present under construction in Goa, and the crew has to familiarise itself with every inch of the vessel.

    Apart from Lt. Commander Joshi, the team includes Lt. Pratibha Jamwal and Lt. P Swathi in the core group, besides Lt. Vijaya Devi and Sub Lt. Payal Gupta. A sixth member is yet to be named.

    INSV Mhadei had been used by Commander Abhilash Tomy for his own solo, unassisted, non-stop circumnavigation under sail.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by IANS / February 15th, 2016

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    Hyderabad :

    Telangana and Andhra Pradesh once again made their mark on the national stage with 14 individuals from the two Telugu speaking states bagging the Padma awards.

    Between them, the two states shared two Padma Vibhushan awards, five Padma Bhushans and seven Padma Shris for the year 2016. The awards were announced in New Delhi on the eve of the Republic Day on Tuesday.

    Last year, the two states had to settle for four Padma Shri awards while the year before in 2014, unified AP had the honour of receiving two Padma Bhushans and seven Padma Shri awards.

    Leading the winners this year are Ch Ramoji Rao of the Eenadu Group, who was chosen for the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in the country, for his contribution to education, literature and journalism. The danseuse Yamini Krishnamurthy is the other winner of the award.

    Chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed happiness at the Ramoji Group chairman being chosen for the prestigious award. Naidu said Ramoji Rao had taken print and television journalism to great heights. He had launched ‘Eenadu’ in Visakhapatnam in 1974.

    The 79-year-old Ramoji Rao, who was born in Pedaparupudi of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, is also a film producer with 87 films to his credit, has a chit fund business and owns a group of hotels. His Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad is a filmmaking destination for producers even from Hollywood, apart from being a tourist attraction.

    Among the Padma Bhushan winners are the popular sports stars Sania Mirza (tennis) and Saina Nehwal (badminton). With the Rio de Janeiro Olympics round the corner, the awards are expected to come as a great boost to both of them. Mirza had won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award last year.

    SS Rajamouli, who made waves with his blockbuster film ‘Bahubali’ has been awarded the Padma Shri. Rajamouli, officially listed as hailing from Karnataka by the government in its release announcing the awards, is currently shooting in Kerala for ‘Bahubali-2’.

    His father, K Vijayendra Prasad, told TOI that he was happy that his son has been given the award. “First of all, it is God’s grace. And secondly, he is sincere, hardworking and humble. He deserves the award,” he said.

    Two other well-known personalities from the city, social worker Sunita Krishnan won the Padma Shri while gastroenterologist Dr D Nageshwar Reddy has been awarded the Padma Bhushan.

    Well-known artist K Laxma Goud, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Mannam Gopi Chand and cardiac surgeon Dr Alla Gopalakrishna Gokhale were also awarded the Padma Shri.

    This award is not just mine, but belongs to all Telugu people who have been with me in this journey in journalism
    Ramoji Rao
    First of all, it is God’s grace. And secondly, he is sincere, hardworking and humble. He deserves the award
    – K Vijayendra Prasad, father of director SS Rajamouli

    |Telugu Winners
    Padma Vibhushan
    Yamini Krishnamurthy Art classical dance
    Ch Ramoji Rao Literature, education & journalism

    Padma Bhushan
    Dr Alla Venkata ama Rao Science and engineering
    Yarlagadda Laxmi Prasad Literature and education
    Dr D nageshwar Reddy Medicine, gastroenterology
    Saina Nehwal Sports – Badminton
    Sania Mirza Sports Tennis Padma

    Padma Shri
    Dr Nayudamma Yarlagadda Medicine, pediatric surgery
    Sunita Krishnan social work
    Dr TV Narayana social work
    SS Rajamouli Art Film direction & production (Officially listed as from Karnataka)

    source: / The Times of India / News Home> India / TNN / January 26th, 2016

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    Ajay Kumar Reddy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.- File Photo

    Ajay Kumar Reddy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.- File Photo

    In a rare honour for a Telugu cricketer, Illuri Ajay Kumar Reddy has been given the honour of leading Indian Blind cricket team in the Asia Cup T-20 cricket championship to be held in Kochi from January 17 to 24.

    The 25-year-old has already made a mark in this form of cricket featuring in 10 ODIs and 16 T-20s for India with a career-high point of being vice-captain of the national team which won the T-20 World Cup in 2012 in Bengaluru.

    For the record, Ajay Kumar was also a member of the Indian blind cricket team that won the fourth ODI World Cup, first for India for the blind in South Africa in 2014. Incidentally, he was also the ‘player of the series’ in the T-20 World Championship.

    This gifted cricketer was born in Gurzala in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh and currently working with the State Bank of Hyderabad in Nagarjunasagar after graduating from Nizam College in Telugu literature. “I am confident that this Indian team will lift the first Asia Cup for blind,” Ajay Kumar informed The Hindu.

    This right-handed fast bowler and top-order batsman has an enviable record in T-20 cricket scoring 676 runs in 11 innings besides taking 27 wickets in 15 innings.

    Ajay Kumar is one of the main stays of the Indian team having made his ODI debut in 2010 and the T-20 in 2012 with a terrific record of three ‘man of the series’ awards so far in all three formats.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by T. Karnakar Reddy / Nalgonda – January 07th, 2016

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