International Cricket Council’s (ICC) shoulder replacement surgeon Jode Bear was first reluctant to train an orthopaedic surgeon from this town, initially.
But looking at his track record and expertise Dr. Jode was convinced and agreed to impart training to the doctor.
Meet Dr. Vijaya Kumar, who received an opportunity to train under Mr. Jode in shoulder replacement and also reverse-total shoulder replacement.
Incidentally, Mr. Vijay Kumar, who runs a multi-specialty hospital in Rajahmundry is the first doctor to be trained by Mr. Bear from coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Mr. Bear is a reverse shoulder replacement surgeon and an expert in reverse total shoulder replacement. He has treated a good number of cricketers.
According to Dr. Vijaya Kumar, reverse shoulder replacement is a surgical option for patients who could be helped by a total shoulder replacement because of rotator cuff damage along with shoulder osteoarthritis.
After two weeks of training, Dr. Vijaya Kumar is back and says shoulder surgery replacement is a boon for patients who sustain multiple injuries including shoulder injury.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Rajahmundry – April 27th, 2014
May 1st, 2014Sports
Harikrishna and Harika bag a silver each in the 13 Asian Continental Blitz chess championship
It was a splendid silver-lining from the Hyderabad duo of Super GM Pentyala Harikrishna and GM Dronavalli Harika, who bagged a silver each in the just-concluded 13 Asian Continental Blitz chess championship in Sharjah.
Chinese player Yu Yangyi emerged champion while Harikrishna, who was leading until the eighth round, finished second because of his loss to Vietnam player Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son in the eighth round.
However, Harikrishna informed The Hindu that his win against Indian teammate GM Vidit Gujarati in the next round helped him finish second.
For someone who featured in four World Cups in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2011 with a third-round appearance in the knock-out format being his best performance, this BPCL officer believes that it is high time he comes up with a special performance in the 14 or 12 player Grand Prix Series.
“Yes, this result after being rated (ELO 2726) the next best player from India after five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand (ELO 2785) is something special. But for that loss in the eighth round, the result would have been better,” Hari said from Sharjah.
“Well, this is not the end of it all. The journey, step by step, has to go on to reach the pinnacle and the World Blitz championship in June this year should be another major test for my preparations,” he said.
For her part, Harika (ELO 2507) is pleased with her silver medal. “Playing Blitz is far more difficult for the simple reason that the reaction time is very quick. It is nevertheless exciting,” says the 23-year-old GM from Hyderabad, who is now ranked World no. 14.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by V. V. Subrahmanya / Hyderabad – April 21st, 2014
April 23rd, 2014Sports
Municipal Commissioner Hari Kiran on Thursday said that every archer taking part in the Mini National archery championship should strive hard to realise the dream of late Indian coach Cherukuri Lenin, who wished to make India an archery powerhouse.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the sixth Lenin & Volga memorial Mini National (under-14) archery championship at IGMC stadium here, Mr. Kiran said that Vijayawada made a mark in the Indian archery by producing several world class archers and the credit should go to Lenin. “The VMC-Volga Archery Academy at Gunadala has become a breeding ground for quality archers in all age groups,” he added.
He appreciated the commitment of academy chairman Cherukuri Satyanarayana for promoting archery with devotion despite the untimely death of both his son and daughter.
Archery Association of India general secretary Anil Kamineni said that India was placed third in the world rankings. “The Mini National is like a nursery and the future stars of Indian archery are identified here”. He also advised the young archers to enjoy their shooting and not bother about the results. “While releasing the arrows your mind should free of stress. Archery is more of a mind game”.
Champion archers from Vijayawada such as Ch. Jignas, Ritul Chatterjee, Jyothi Surekha and Jyoshna were spotted in earlier mini-nationals. “They gradually made their mark in the senior age groups and went on represent India in several Asian and world events,” said Volga Archery Academy chairman Ch. Satyanarayana.
The cynosure of the inaugural function was Lenin’s little sister Shivani, who, with her tiny bow and arrow, won many hearts.
AAI observer C. Pramod and several Andhra Pradesh archery administrators took part in the function in which Bhargavi and Alekhya, both corporation school students, performed a classical dance.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Staff Reporter / Vijayawada – April 11th, 2014
The game, developed by Hyderabad’s Seven Summit, has been selected for Microsoft Imagine Cup’s national finals
Imagine a game that’s ambient and speaks to the player’s heart and soul rather than just their thumbs? Asar Dhandala , a second-year student from Backstage Pass Schooling in Hyderabad, along with his team, has developed Petite , an abstract, philosophical game that revolves around the life of a woman starting from her birth till she departs this life, while focusing on several key incidents that happen along the way.
“Depending on the situation she is in, the player can let out her emotions and control them to stop the spherules which revolve around her. After every level, the story unfolds and gets the player emotionally attached to the game,” says Asar.
Developed by Hyderabad-based gaming studio Seven Summits , for which Asar is the co-founder, Petite has won a games honourable mention under User Experience Challenge, a non-technology challenge category in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2014.
Besides, the game has made it to the national finals of the cup, which is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on April 28-29. If Seven Summits manages to win the event, it would represent India at the international level of the competition to be held in Seattle this June.
“When we did our research, we came to know that 86 per cent of people who watch movies play video games, but only 23 per cent of people who are avid readers play games. So, we thought why not make a game which is patterned after books, thereby unlocking a totally new target audience. Thus, we came up with Petite. And, we have chosen the art style abstract for Petite to serve the purpose,” he adds.
The Seven Summits team has also developed Just Born, a game that seeks to address the issue of female infanticide in India, which received an honourable mention under Project Blueprint Challenge, also a non-technology challenge category in the Imagine Cup.
“We have designed Just Born as an obstacle course through the various organs of an infant girl. It engages users through interactive mini-games in each organ, highlighting the plight and suffering of the girl child in rural India. As the game progresses, the user must win the challenges in very organ (level) only to find that the girl child is eventually drowned by her parents,” says 20-year-old Asar.
Considered as the ‘Oscars of Technology’, the Microsoft Imagine Cup has an outreach of over 60,000 students from across India this year. Around 24 teams were selected for participation at the India national finals, says a Microsoft India spokesperson.
“India has traditionally been a frontrunner at the competition. It has created opportunities for students to learn how to launch their business and bring their ideas to the market.”
source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> Technology> News> Others / by K Rajani Kanth / Hyderabad – April 14th, 2014
April 18th, 2014Sports
Narender Revalli, who worked as sports reporter in The New Indian Express, passed away on Wednesday morning after a brief illness. He was 49. He is survived by wife Usha Ramani, three brothers and two sisters.
Starting his career in a Karimnagar tabloid, he worked in several newspapers including TNIE. He also participated in several sports debates and was a sports analyst for television programmes.
Eminent journalists paid floral tributes to him at his residence.
The Electronic Media Sports Journalists Association and the APSJA and Press Club of Hyderabad would jointly hold a condolence meeting on Saturday at 3.30 pm on the Press Club premises at Somajiguda.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Hyderabad / by Express News Service – Hyderabad / April 03rd, 2014
An employee of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant B.V.S.K. Lingeswara Rao is participating in another international badminton tournament.
He will be representing India in the 98 All-England Seniors Badminton Championship to be held at Hatfield from April 11 to 13.
Commissioner of GVMC and president of the Visakhapatnam District Badminton Association M.V. Satyanarayana, secretary of the district association and vice-president of the AP Badminton Association R. Srinivas, and other office-bearers congratulated Lingeswara Rao on his selection and wished him success in the tournament.
Lingeswara Rao will play the plus-45 years men’s singles and doubles events. He will partner with A.V. Raju of Hyderabad in the doubles event. Players from nearly 25 countries are participating in different age groups, plus-35 years to 70 years.
Foreman in VSP, Lingeswara Rao secured a bronze medal in the men’s singles and doubles category in the sixth BWF senior World championship-2013 held in Ankara (Turkey) recently.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – April 03rd, 2014
Questions derived from soccer, cricket, football, tennis and Olympics had the contestants racking their brains to outsmart other teams. The questions were split into various categories.
Hundreds of students from 25 schools in the region (each team comprising two members) gathered at Manor Plaza here on Saturday to engage in a battle of brains as part of The Hindu In School organised its first ever sports quiz for schoolchildren
Following a preliminary test, six teams made it to the final round.
Questions derived from soccer, cricket, football, tennis and Olympics had the contestants racking their brains to outsmart other teams. The questions were split into various categories — General (two rounds), My Pick, Who Am I, Event Identification and Mera Bharat Mahan (one round each).
Quiz master N. Soorya Prakash was at his best egging on the students, saying, “Think different. These questions always have answers on unexpected lines.”
Besides multiple choices on the Hall of Fame greats, there were a few tough ones as well: “Who was the only Indian to participate in five winter Olympics?” and “Who won Independent India’s first Olympic medal?” The well-prepared contestants instantly replied – Siva Kesavan (Luge event) and K. D. Jadhav (wrestler).
E. Sai Nived and Md. Rayyan from V.P. Siddhartha Public School, Vijayawada emerged winners, Omkar Rath and Sri Harsha K. of DPS, Vijayawada were the first runners-up while Md. Azeez-ur-Rahman and P.M.S. Karthik of St. John’s Higher Secondary School, Gannavaram, were the second runner-up.
The remaining finalists were represented by Ramakrishna Public School, Repalli in Guntur district, Teja Talent School, Kodad, and Narayana IIT Olympiad School, Vijayawada.
Dr. Sashidhar of Duhita Multi-Speciality Dental & Implant Centre, the title sponsor, gave away the prizes. Hotel D.V. Manor was the hospitality sponsor while TWINS Sweets-Bakery Restaurant, New Modern Super Market, Attitude Accessories Arcade and North American Service Centre were the regional sponsors.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – March 22nd, 2014
March 29th, 2014Sports
At 57, Nandlal Shivlal Yadav has every reason to smile at his critics! For, he is now, literally, the ‘in-charge president’ (in his capacity as the senior-most vice-president from South Zone) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) taking care of day-to-day affairs while batting great Sunil Gavaskar as the BCCI interim president will look after the IPL-7 subjects after the Supreme Court orders on Friday. “It is a huge responsibility and I will try my best to live up to the expectations,” says Shivlal.
The previous highest post held by a Hyderabadi was by late Ghulam Ahmed as secretary of BCCI and Dr. M.V. Sridhar, GM (operations) BCCI. For this genteel Hyderabadi, there are quite a few firsts to be proud of. He happens to be the first player-president of the all-powerful BCCI, the first Hyderabadi to hold that prestigious post. Interestingly, the HCA here has an in-charge secretary in S. Venkateswaran even as his ‘mentor’ Shivlal is all set to hold the reins of BCCI till September this year.
Former India left-arm spinner and now Hyderabad coach Sunil B. Joshi puts it aptly: “When a cricketer becomes the president of BCCI, it always gives the cricketing fraternity a special feeling. I am sure Shiv bhai will do a great job given his experience and expertise.” A protégé of former HCA secretary and president M. Ranga Reddy, it was during Shivlal’s secretaryship the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium has come up. And with it, no doubt, large-scale allegations of misappropriation of funds too. In fact, an ACB enquiry is on and taking a final shape too. For the record, this very knowledgeable Hyderabadi was the EC member of the HCA between 1990-92, joint secretary from 1992-2000 and then secretary from 2000-08 and since then till now he continues to be the Vice-president.
But, the plain fact that Shivlal continues to be the ‘king maker’ in HCA to any group vying to grab power is a tribute to his efficacy in holding his flock together “He has the uncanny knack to be a decisive factor in any election,” feels former secretary D. S. Chalapathi. Interestingly, Shivlal made his Test debut under Sunil Gavaskar’s captaincy.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by V. V. Subrahmanyam / Hyderabad – March 28th, 2014
March 25th, 2014Sports
Bag medals at All India Railway Boxing Championship
Boxing, hitherto regarded as a macho sport, is gaining popularity among women in Visakhapatnam. There are quite a few boxers in the city who have proved their mettle at national and international competitions and bagged gold, silver, and bronze medals and brought laurels to the city.
Four women boxers of Waltair Division, two from the city and one each from Uttarakhand and Manipur, have bagged medals at the 68th Men and 7th Women All India Railway Boxing Championship-2014 that concluded on March 8 at Agra.
The girls exuded confidence as they recalled how the sport helped them in securing a job and in their career.
Monica Saum of Uttarakhand draws inspiration from her father, an Army boxer.
Though her brother is doing MBBS, she took up boxing just to prove that girls are second to none in any field.
“Women need to be encouraged to take up this sport,” she says and advises girls to come out of their shells. Apart from being a means of self-defence, medals will give them an advantage over others in securing jobs.
She already has five gold medals – four at the junior-level and one at the senior-level – besides a silver medal at the Asian Championship in Mongolia.
N. Swapna Priya of Vizag, who won a gold medal at Agra, developed a passion for the sport after watching it at the Afro Asia Games. She got a job in the Railways in 2007 under the sports quota and there was no looking back for her ever since. Punyavathi of Vizag won a silver medal in the Agra championships.
Sarjubala of Manipur, who won a bronze at Agra, had bagged two gold medals in the Chennai Nationals and two gold and two silver medals at the junior-level in the past.
Ch. Adinarayana and Sundu Rao bagged silver medals, while M. Venkatesh bagged a bronze at Agra. Sundu Rao plans to open a boxing club at the Railway Stadium to train aspirants from the city.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by B. Madhu Gopal / Visakhapatnam – March 14th, 2014
Mohammed Abdul Hai became the country’s first century-maker in the earliest avatar of abridged cricket, introduced through the Deodhar Trophy in 1973-74.
“The first doctor to play for India was my dream, but that was not to be,” the general physician settled in Michigan sighed wistfully, when reminiscing with The Hindu.
“There was a fairly large turnout at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium for the 1974-75 quarterfinal in Chennai,” continued Hai. For taking on North Zone was a star-studded South, led by S. Venkatraghavan.
Legends lined up were M.A.K. Pataudi, G.R. Viswanath, Abid Ali, Jayantilal Kenia and E.A.S. Prasanna, all of them Test players, three of whom were Hai’s Hyderabad Ranji teammates.
A consistent scorer in the event’s opening edition a year before and having played for Brondesbury CC alongside Mike Gatting in the Middlesex league, Hai felt equipped for the 60-overs-a-side challenge. With one opener gone for no score, the stylish southpaw walked in and began scoring at a brisk pace.
“Raj Singh Dungarpur’s eyes widened with amazement at what was then an astonishing rate — four runs an over — as also on South ‘amassing’ 248 for nine,” Hai recalled, his endeavour ending at 101, castled by Madan Lal.
Hai also played in Prof. D.B. Deodhar’s benefit match in Pune, the patriarch’s hometown.
He was offered an opportunity to play in/for Pakistan by Asif Iqbal, a senior at Hyderabad’s Nizam College.
The college’s alumni includes two India captains — Ghulam Ahmed and Mohd. Azharuddin — Test players M.L. Jaisimha, Abbas Ali Baig and Jayantilal Kenia besides Habeeb Ahmed, who led the Indian Starlets to the aforementioned nation.
“A decade after the Deodhar Trophy began, India clinched the Prudential World Cup in 1983, thus making the nation a cricket super power,” noted Prof. A. Prasanna Kumar, a Fulbright Fellow, sports columnist and author.
“If the sport’s reign was divided into eras, the 1970s belonged to Sunil Gavaskar, the ’80s to Kapil Dev, the ’90s to Sachin Tendulkar and thereon to M.S. Dhoni. Much credit is due to the limited-over version named after the Grand Old Man,” added Prasanna Kumar, who was a commentator during Visakhapatnam’s first One-Day International between New Zealand and India in 1988.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sports / by A. Joseph / Visakhapatnam – March 22nd, 2014