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: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by IANS / February 15th, 2016
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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
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
Yamini Krishnamurthy Art classical dance
Ch Ramoji Rao Literature, education & journalism
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
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: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> India / TNN / January 26th, 2016
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: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by T. Karnakar Reddy / Nalgonda – January 07th, 2016
Two cyclists from the city qualified for the coveted title of ‘Super Randonneur,’ which is given to a cyclist who is able to complete 200 km, 300 km, 400 km and 600 km cycling brevets in stipulated cut-off time within one cycling season.
Yogesh Tiwari and Anukaran Arzare are the first cyclists from Andhra Pradesh to achieve this title. They are now eligible to participate in the world’s most prestigious endurance cycling race, Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) held once in four years.
These brevets are endurance cycling races organised in the city under the patronage of Paris Club Parisien Randonnuer and Audax India Randonneur. The city cyclists are known as Vizag Randonnuers and championed by Sridhar Vaddi.
First of the series qualifiers, a 200 km brevet, was held in February, 300 km brevet was in August, while the 600 km and 400 km brevets were organised in October. The last race of the qualifiers was organised on October 30 and completed on October 31. “We paddled the entire distance of 400 km in 23 hours disregarding continuous heavy rains and opposing winds, going up the National Highway 16 till Vimancheru near Rajamundhry and back on the same highway. We had to wear helmets, reflective jackets carry repair kits, water and food items,” Yogesh Tiwari said.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> City> Visakhapatnam / TNN / November 02nd, 2015
Adilabad Additional Superintendent of Police G.R. Radhika at a tent on her way to the summit of the Kun mountain in Jammu and Kashmir. – Photo: By Arrangement
Adilabad Additional Superintendent of Police G.R. Radhika performed the feat on September 7 after a gruelling climb for over 10 days.
As any mountaineer would do, G.R. Radhika, the frail-looking police officer in Adilabad District of Telangana also swears by Sir Edmund Hillary’s belief, “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” And her concurrence with the legendary mountaineer does matter as she has become the first Indian woman to conquer the 7,077-metre Kun mountain, the twin of Nun, located in the inhospitable Zanskar range of Himalayas in Jammu and Kashmir.
Adilabad Additional Superintendent of Police performed the feat on September 7 after a gruelling climb for over 10 days. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation subsequently declared her to be holding the record for an Indian woman.
“I am a bit of a risk taker,” reveals Ms.Radhika about her personality which evidently craves for challenges that go beyond the ordinary ones faced by women. “I was brought up more like a boy than a girl,” says the younger one of the two children of a teacher couple as she tries to reason out her craving for adventure.
She likes to accept challenges which is why she quit her earlier job as an English language lecturer and took up policing. Despite her inclination, there was nothing to write home about in her 8 years as a cop until the opportunity to climb the rugged mountain came her way.
It was in 2012 that this mother of two children belonging to Anantapur District in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, her birth place and Kadapa, where she grew up, got to know about mountaineering as a sport. One of her friends suggested she get trained in mountain climbing after she successfully completed the difficult pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar in the Himalayas, Radhika recalls.
This set in motion her as yet short yet illustrious association with the sport. She finished her basic and advanced mountaineering courses which was, among other things, a confidence-building exercise.
“As part of the course I climbed the 5,980 mtr high Golep Kangri peak, also in the harsh Zanskar range in 2013,” Radhika states. “The following year, I scaled the 6,443 mtr high mount Menthosa in Himachal Pradesh which was all technical climbing,” she adds.
The policewoman enrolled herself for the Kun expedition with a recognised mountaineering outfit and set off towards it in the latter half of August. The team consisted of 7 muntaineers, some of them much experienced.
“Five of them dropped out on our way to the peak,” Radhika remembers trying to drive home the point about the difficulty quotient which even had her lose 4 kg of her weight. “Kun is considered more difficult because of its numerous crevasses and the ‘walls’ which meant a vertical climb of even 300 mtr at some place with a load of 6 kg,” she shrugs off a shudder as recent memories came flooding back.
Having seen her team mates back out did not diminish the gutsy woman’s enthusiasm in any way though she swears that it was only will power that kept her driving towards the peak. “The peak was visible but seemed ever so far thanks to he fatigue,” she recalls of her final effort.
“It took a few seconds for the feeling of victory to register,” she observes of the moment when she made it to the top. “I felt happy when it was confirmed that I was the first Indian woman to achieve the feat,” she adds, a wide grin breaking on her face.
Radhika is seriously contemplating making an attempt at scaling Mount Everest. “I have not decided as yet but I am definitely inclined to do so,” she asserts.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Telangana / by S. Harpal Singh / Adilabad – October 04th, 2015
He said the event staged at Cali City will feature four more Indian skaters — Boppana Nishank (figure skating), Arun Kumar, Farheen (both free style and pair skating) and Anup Kumar Yama (inline free skating).
“Tatiya will take part in the figure skating event and she will be performing as per the theme given by the judges. She came to us six years ago and from then she has been regularly winning medals for Andhra Pradesh. She hones her skills at the skating rink behind the DRRMC Indoor Stadium,” said Mr Durga Prasad.
The teenager, a junior Intermediate student with Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala, qualified for the world championship by faring well in the selection meet held in Ahmedabad early this year. She also took part in the earlier edition of the world championship in China but could not win a medal. He said Tatiya will be trained by former Indian coach Satyanarayana of Vizag.
SAAP board member B. Hanumantha Rao and District Sports Development Officer P. Ramakrishna congratulated her for making it to the premier event.
Shubhra Tatiya will compete in the World Artistic Roller-skating Championship to be held at Cali City from September 19 to 25
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – September 10th, 2015
Andhra Pradesh police team bagged the bronze medal in rowing coxless four category of 14th All India Police Water Sports Championship held in Dal Lake in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.
Superintendent of Police A. Ravikrishna complimented K. Tejeswar Reddy, 2013 batch constable of APSP Battalion, Kurnool, who won the bronze medal in the event, at his camp office on Saturday.
Mr. Tejeswar Reddy was part of the team which comprised four constables of the APSP II Battalion, Kurnool and III Battalion, Guntur.
Indo Tibetan Border Police bagged the gold medal.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Kurnool – September 06th, 2015
ACA general secretary Gokaraju Ganga Raju felicitating cricketer Kalpana, who played for the country, at a function in Vijayawada on Sunday.—Photo: V. Raju
Spurning marriage helped young Kalpana from not only becoming a quality cricketer and also gave her a place in the senior Indian team against New Zealand in the recently-concluded limited overs tournament at Bengaluru.
The teenage wicketkeeperfrom Vijayawada was felicitated by Andhra Cricket Association here on Sunday and gave her a purse of Rs. 50,000. Women’s Academy chairman J. Murali Mohan presented Rs. 10,000 while Prakasam District Cricket Association secretary Pratap Kumar handed over Rs. 40,000 to laud Kalpana’s feat.
“Her (Kalpana) parents were keen on performing the marriage. But our coaches Srinivas Reddy and Chiranjeevi convinced them to allow their daughter to play cricket and the rest is history,” said ACA general secretary Gokaraju Ganga Raju.
Incidentally Kalpana is second cricketer after Vizag’s Sneha Deepthi to play for India from the ACA. “Women cricket took a decisive turn when J.K.C. College management in Guntur under the stewardship of late J. Narendranath gave the land for lease for setting up an academy. New Zealand coach Maria Fahey added the dose of professionalism and infused self belief in the girls,” said ACA director M.S.K. Prasad.
ACA president D.V.V.S. Somayajulu said that the association was helping players by granting a stipend of Rs 4,000 per month.
“The State players get Rs 4,000 while the zonal players take home Rs. 2,000. ACA is the only association in the Board for Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which gives stipend on a monthly basis to players”.
Mr. Prasad said the Guntur women academy was adopted by the BCCI as the headquarters of Indian women cricket and all major Indian camps were allotted to the academy. He also felt Kalpana should improve her batting skills to survive in the Indian cricket for long.
Kalpana is second cricketer after Vizag’s Sneha Deepthi to play for India from the ACA
Vizag’s octogenerian paddler D. Kesava Rao in action at the Futureall 1st AP State Table Tennis Championship at Vijayawada Club on Sunday. Photo: CH. Vijaya Bhaskar
D. Kesava Rao, a retired railway employee with the South Eastern Railways, has been passionately playing table tennis for more than five decades and he is the oldest paddler playing in the Futureall 1 Andhra Pradesh Veterans Table Tennis Championship.
Weighing just over 50 kg, the pencil-thin octogenarian paddler is a cynosure for all at the Vijayawada Club. This veteran table tennis player from Vizag is yet to wear spectacles and he is not stricken by either blood pressure or the dreaded diabetes.
Meet D. Kesava Rao, a retired railway employee with the South Eastern Railways, who has been passionately playing table tennis for more than five decades and he is the oldest paddler playing in the Futureall 1 Andhra Pradesh Veterans Table Tennis Championship.
Fit as a fiddle, Mr. Rao is a regular feature at the Port Stadium and at the Railway Institute at Visakhapatnam. He fondly interacts with the sub junior players, passing on his expertise and experience to the next generation.
“I am healthy owing to table tennis. For more than five decades I am sweating it out for three hours. In fact I travel with a TT racquet where I go,” says the eternal-lover of ping pong.
Mr. Rao, as a youngster broke his hand while playing football and he was forced to look for a safer game. “The noise the ball made on a table at the Railway Institute drew me closer to the game and from them on we (table tennis) are together,” says the former signal and telecommunications employee.
Mr. Rao is an inspiring face of the Vizag table tennis circuit and he has represented South Eastern Railways in several inter-railway championships. “I won several medals in the veteran championships. I also took part the Asian Veteran Championship at Chinese Taipei in 2007,” he recollects.
Mr. Rao is a worried man when it comes to the unhealthy habits among the youngsters. “Youngsters must learn how to sweat it out it in a playground. They should take up some game and should burn calories. In fact the eye sight will improve by playing some game or the other.”
The ageing process is yet to douse the spirit of the paddler as he bounces on ball to unleash a forehand smash with the enthusiasm of a teenager.
“I am an aggressive player and I believe that a ball is meant to be hit.”
The affable veteran preferred the old format of 21-points as he felt it gave the player an opportunity to bounce back. “The 11-point format is ruthless. If you lose the initial momentum then you are in trouble.”
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by J.R. Shridharan / Vijayawada – July 13th, 2015
They are the first women hockey players from AP and TS to join the Indian team, which qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Yendala Soundarya and Etimarpu Rajani scripted history by becoming the first-ever women hockey players from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to be members of the Indian team which qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The last time India played in Olympics was in the 1980 edition when it was given a direct entry because of the boycott led by USA in the Moscow edition.
India made it to the next edition of Olympics (for the first time after 36 years) by virtue of defeating Japan 1-0 in the play-off match for the fifth place and both Ms. Soundarya and Ms. Rajani were part of the team in the World Cup semi-final league matches in Belgium.
Ms. Soundarya says she is delighted. “This is one of the finest moments in my career. We are all so happy that our biggest dream is coming true,” said both Ms.Soundarya and Ms. Rajani in a chat with The Hindu in Belgium.
For someone who took to hockey watching seniors and playing for India since 2006, the 25-year-old Ms. Soundarya was also a member of the Indian team, which won the silver in the Senior Asia Cup and the Champions Trophy.
Ms. Soundarya says that the team was confident in today’s crucial match. “Hats off to my teammate Rani Rampal; we emerged winner. And we are in celebratory mood right now,” she said in a voice choked with joy.
“I owe my success to my first coach Maqbool in Nizamabad and then to the SAI coaches, including Gloria, at the SAI Centre in Hyderabad, where I trained for five years,” the star player recalled. “Right now, no major event is scheduled and since we have qualified for the Olympics, some events may be lined up,” she said.
“I feel honoured to play for India, coming from a place like Nizamabad (she was a student of Modern Public School) which has no history of hockey players,” Ms. Soundarya exclaims.
Achievements not a surprise
SAI hockey coach P. Madhukaran, who was earlier the Indian women’s World Cup coach, recalls the abundance of talent these girls have shown in their formative years.
“Their achievements are not a surprise to me given their commitment and sincerity to keep improving,” he says.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by V. V. Subrahmanyam / Hyderabad – July 06th, 2015