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    November 20th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Education

    Books play key role in creation of a knowledge society, said Krishna district Collector B. Lakshmikantham, on Sunday.

    Addressing a meeting organised by Andhra Pradesh Library Association at Sarvotham Bhavan near Benz Circle as part of 50th National Library Week celebration, Mr. Lakshmikantham said the library movement has great significance in Andhra Pradesh State as people who spearheaded the library movement also were important part of the freedom struggle.

    The Collector said every individual must take to book-reading as books never let down anybody. He said knowledge was essential for all-round development of a society and pointed to the fact that Andhra Pradesh State was in the forefront in implementation of many good people-centric programmes.

    Former MP Chennupati Vidya was honoured with this year’s Gadicherla Foundation Award, named after freedom fighter and champion of library movement Gadicherla Harisarvottama Rao. Sheik Sadiq Ali, a former journalist who is working relentlessly to promote reading habit among children in villages, was presented with the Paturi Nagabhushanam Grandhalayam Puraskaram on the occasion.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – November 20th, 2017

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    November 17th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Education
    Students of KKR Gowtham School, who bagged first place in 48-hour challenge, in Vijayawada. | Photo Credit: A_V_G_PRASAD

    Students of KKR Gowtham School, who bagged first place in 48-hour challenge, in Vijayawada. | Photo Credit: A_V_G_PRASAD

    KKR Gowtham School students bag first place in the 48-hr challenge

    The three-day Amaravati Children’s Film Festival (ACFF), the first-ever event in the State, has served as a window of film-making opportunities for the students of various schools in the city.

    About 65 students of 12 schools, who were introduced to basics of film-making as part of the ‘48-hour Challenge,’ on the first day managed to conceptualise and shoot and came up with 13 short films that competed for top three places on the last and concluding day.

    Actors cheer children

    Actors Nikhil, Tarun, Kamna Jethmalani and others cheered the children at the closing ceremony.

    The KKR Gowtham School team including Harsha, Akhilesh, Pawan, Ektha and Divija bagged the first place and ₹20,000 cash prize for their short film Fruit of Hard Work.

    The second place was bagged by Tridev, Akash, Arya, Balu and Praneeth of Nalanda Vidya Niketan (Vasanta Campus) for their movie In Returnand the team of MSR English Medium School including Durga Prasad Krishna Chaitanya, Deva, Keerthi and Sravan bagged the third place for the movie Slip Kavala. The second and third place winners were given a cash prize of ₹10, 000 and ₹5, 000 respectively.

    A team of municipal corporation schools and Nalanda Vidyaniketan, Delhi Public School, Ravindra Bharathi, Vignan School, Viswabharathi, St. John’s Public School, and Sidharatha Public School participated in the challenge.

    Director Aparna Malladi, producer Raj Kandukuri and actor Roja Romani on the jury screened all the 13 movies and selected the best. A team of writers and technicians from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune trained and supported the participants.

    Mayor K. Sridhar, VMC Commissioner J. Nivas, MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao were among those present.

    The festival was organised by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation in association with Safe Advisory, Ellanar Group and Kolla Entertainments.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Staff Reporter / Vijayawada – November 15th, 2017

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    November 16th, 2017adminEducation, Records, All

    Visakhapatnam :

    Almost 1,500 students, 4 MPhils and 75 research scholars (PhDs) received their degrees and 26 gold medals were presented at the eighth convocation of Gitam University that was held here on Tuesday.

    “The Government of India, through the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy, aspires to position India among the world’s top five scientific powers,” said Prof Ashutosh Sharma, secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

    “India has developed into a formidable power in several areas of science and technology. The Geo-Synchronous Launch Vehicles, Arihant nuclear submarine, indigenous fighter aircraft and the Agni-V inter-continental ballistic missile, Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan Missions have propelled us to the elite club of nations,” Sharma said.

    The department of science and technology is launching a scheme called Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty (VAJRA) to attract top-performing scientists from abroad for conducting joint research in India, Sharma said.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Visakhapatnam New / TNN / November 09th, 2017

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    Imbibing values Children saying their prayers before taking lunch at Chukkapalli High School at Adavinekkalam. | Photo Credit: V RAJU.

    Imbibing values Children saying their prayers before taking lunch at Chukkapalli High School at Adavinekkalam. | Photo Credit: V RAJU.

    Majority of the students in Chukkapalli High School come from poor families

    Students here walk with both their hands held behind their back as part of discipline on campus. But when talking to a teacher or a visitor, the two arms quickly fold across their chest in a gesture of respect.

    Ethics and discipline are the cornerstone of the Chukkapalli High School tucked in Adavinekkalam village in Agiripalli mandal of Krishna district.

    A three-acre sprawl of safe, supporting and disciplined school environment awaits young learners with rare warmth.

    Run by the Chukkapalli Charitable Trust floated by Chairman of the Kusalava Group of Companies Chukkapalli Kusalava, the school runs in a part of a 16-acre land covered with mango orchards. Even the main school building has mango trees which bear fruits but the children don’t touch them unless they are asked to.

    Majority of the students come from the 25-odd gudems (tribal hamlets) in the area dotted with villages where families eke out a living either as agriculture coolies or by vending milk. A few children are from the Lambada thanda deprived of the basic amenities of life. Six school buses ply from Nunna to Eedara to transport children to the school that gives them a rare pleasure of wide open space.

    A gazebo right in front of the main gate gives the place an inviting look. With just one government school in this region with inadequate facilities, residents of the local gudems pleaded with Mr. Kusalava in 2002 for a school that could take care of their children’s education.

    The latter obliged and up came the school building in three acres. “We don’t allow more than 30-35 in one class. Our motive is not profit. We know that the villages lack opportunities, information and guidance; this is our effort to show them the way,” says Sudha Chukkapalli, Secretary and Correspondent of the school.

    Mandal toppers

    Despite resource crunch at homes, students have been showing academic excellence, passing out with flying colours. This is the fourth consecutive year that the school students bagged Pratibha Awards recently presented by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for emerging toppers in the mandal.

    “Two of our girls have secured seats in IIIT Nuzvid and one in IIT, Dharwad,” informs Ms. Chukkapalli as we enter the activity room which has all things yellow.

    Students, all dressed in yellow, keenly observe their teachers make lemonade. There are fruits, vegetables and a few other eatables in yellow colour placed on the teacher’s table.

    “Education when imparted in fun way has greater impact,” says Prabhakar Sarma, Principal of the school. “Many students come from broken families where one of their parents have committed suicide. We want this place to inculcate in them a sense of strength that can help them overcome physical, mental and emotional hardships,” says Ms. Chukkapalli.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / S. Sujatha Varma / Vijayawada – Novembere 11th, 2017

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    Students of The Crossword School, Guntur —Vijayaditya Reddy, M. Sudhamsu and G.Vishnu Teja— with ‘cool push cart’ designed by them.

    Students of The Crossword School, Guntur —Vijayaditya Reddy, M. Sudhamsu and G.Vishnu Teja— with ‘cool push cart’ designed by them.

    ‘Kool kart’ has them emerge as second runners-up in Young Innovators programme’17

    A cool cart to preserve the freshness of fruits, designed by students of The Crossword School here, has won the laurels at the Young Innovators Programme 2017, held at IIT Kharagpur on October 28 and October 29. The innovation, ‘Kool Kart’, made the students emerge as the second runners-up from among 24 entries from across the country.

    The class VIII students, Vijayaditya Reddy, M. Sudhamsu G.Vishnu Teja, guided by the Principal Naga Padmaja, designed the ‘push kool kart’ as a means to preserve the fruits sold by vendors on the streets.

    “The students have designed the cool cart making use of Peltier’s Thermoelectric Cooler (TEC). Peltier Plate or more popularly known TEC has two sides. It creates a temperature gradient on both sides of the plate when a potential difference is supplied to them,’’ said M. Chenna Kesava Reddy, director of the school.

    The students have used a 60W solar panel powering the Peltier module. Fibre sheets have been used to cover the cart. The students have attached a heat sink and a fan to dissipate the heat and maintain a steady temperature. A 12V rechargeable battery is attached to the solar panel to allow for uninterrupted power supply.

    With cold air convection, the students were able to achieve about 20-25 degrees Celsius in the controlled area, which is quite suitable for the preservation of our perishables.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / Staff Reporter / Guntur -November 04th, 2017

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    Visakhapatnam:

    City girl Sharanya Mudundi was crowned the ‘Little Miss Grand Sea Intercontinental’ at Grand Sea Universe-2017 held in Sofia, Bulgaria, recently. Adding feathers to her cap, she also won the titles ‘Little Miss Grand Sea Asia-2017’, ‘Miss Popularity’ and ‘Best Interview’ at the fashion pageant .

    Nine-year-old Sharanya represented India and competed with children from 30 countries. She also won the title ‘Little Model Earth India-2017’ and ‘Grand Prix Winner Model-2017’ at an international children’s pageant ‘Little Model Earth’ held at Johannesburg, South Africa, in March this year.

    Speaking to TOI, Sharanya said, “I was on cloud nine after I won the titles at Sofia. Although it was a challenging task, bagging these has boosted my confidence. The theme being ‘Beauty for a purpose’, there were different rounds during the contest including interview round, national costume round, talent round and evening gown round. I also showcased our rich Indian culture and traditions. I performed yoga in the talent round and it was one of my memorable experience at the global fashion stage.”

    Daughter of MSN Raju and M Swati, Sharanya is a Class-V student in Delhi Public School. Balancing both academics and fashion shows, she said that it is the support of her parents coupled with time management that helps her to focus on both.

    National Director of India Valentina Mishra, who hails from the city, said, “She is the only Indian girl child to represent India on the global map and to win at an international pageant twice this year.” Valentina was awarded the winner of best director of the year by MMSEA BG, an international agency.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Visakhapatnam News / TNN / July 08th, 2017

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    C. Narayana Reddy won the Jnanpith award in 1988. | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

    C. Narayana Reddy won the Jnanpith award in 1988. | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

    CiNaRe was known for his use of Telugu in its pure form, and would not be swayed by filmmakers on the use of the language.

    Eminent poet, litterateur and Jnanpith awardee C. Narayana Reddy, popularly known as CiNaRe, passed away in the early hours of Monday, aged 85. He was taken to a hospital following health complications and was declared dead.

    CiNaRe, born on July 29, 1931 in Hanumajipet of erstwhile Karimnagar district, studied till his graduation in Urdu because Telugu as a medium was not available during the Nizam’s rule. However, because of his intense love for the language he taught himself Telugu and it was only during his degree that he took the option of Telugu as a paper. CiNaRe went on to do a post-graduate degree and a Ph.D on ‘Modern Traditions of Telugu’.

    It was the late N.T. Rama Rao, who wielded the megaphone in film Gulebakavali, who gave CiNaRe his break as a lyricist. He wrote all the songs in the film, including the hit ‘Nannu dochukunnavate .. Vannela Dorasani.’

    CiNaRe was known for his use of Telugu in its pure form, and would not be swayed by filmmakers on the use of the language.

    He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1977 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. His compilation of poems, titled ‘Viswambhara’, got him the Jnanpith award in 1988. In 1997, he was nominated as a Member of the Rajya Sabha. His academic distinctions include serving as a professor of Osmania University and as Vice Chancellor of the Telugu University.

    Former Governor K. Rosaiah pays homage to C Narayana Reddy in Hyderabad.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S Giri

    Former Governor K. Rosaiah pays homage to C Narayana Reddy in Hyderabad. | Photo Credit: K.V.S Giri

    Among those who condoled with the death of CiNaRe were Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, Ch. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Those who visited the family residence and paid their respects included former Governor of Tamil Nadu, K. Rosaiah, Ministers K.T. Rama Rao, G. Jagadheeshwar and actor Venkatesh.

    His last rites will be performed on Wednesday.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Books> Authors / by Suresh Krishnamoorthy / Hyderabad – June 12th, 2017

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    May 6th, 2017adminEducation, Records, All

    A. Sai Bharadwaj from Kothagudem stood second and Satyam Ralhan from Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, third with 152.521 marks.

    Ministers Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Somireddy Chandram-ohan Reddy, Kamineni Srinivas and Adi Narayan Reddy release Eamcet results in Vijayawada on Friday.(Photo: DC)

    Ministers Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Somireddy Chandram-ohan Reddy, Kamineni Srinivas and Adi Narayan Reddy release Eamcet results in Vijayawada on Friday.(Photo: DC)

    Vijayawada:

    With 153.96 marks out of 160, Telangana student V. Mohan Abhyas stood first in the engineering stream of AP Eamcet 2017 in the results released on Friday.

    A. Sai Bharadwaj from Kothagudem stood second and Satyam Ralhan from Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, third with 152.521 marks.

    V. Venkata Anirudh from Guntur topped the medical and agriculture stream with 150 marks out of 160. Dogga Sandeep from Vishakhapatnam stood second with 148.67 and Nunna Himaja from Rajamahendravaram secured third rank with 148.41 marks.

    Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao Kamineni Srinivas and Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy announced the results and said the government had successfully conducted the examination online and released the result in a record one week.

    Mr Srinivasa Rao said AP was the first state to conduct all common entrance tests online.

    “The examination was conducted at 124 centres iin AP and four in Hyderabad. As many as 1,98,035 students enrolled for engineering stream and 1,87,484 appeared for the online examination, of  which 1,39190 students qualified with a pass percentage of 74.241,” he said.

    Mr Chandramohan Reddy, after releasing the key for medical and agriculture streams, said 80,768 students had applied of whom 75,489 took the test. Of these, 64,379 students passed with 85.28 percentage.

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> Current Affairs / Deccan Chronicle / May 06th, 2017

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    February 28th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Education
    Reaching out:Children from Jalaripeta near the Fishing Habour reading books at the mobile library of the WNS Cares Foundation in Visakhapatnam on Monday.K.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK

    Reaching out:Children from Jalaripeta near the Fishing Habour reading books at the mobile library of the WNS Cares Foundation in Visakhapatnam on Monday.K.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK

    It is equipped with 4G internet facility to introduce digital tech to them

    Nine-year-old K. Sai, resident of Peda Jalaripeta, is a school dropout. Apart from helping his father in the fishing harbour, he dedicates three hours in a week to reading books in a colourful van. The van that arrives in his locality every week is the most awaited sight for Sai and many other children living in the fishing colony of Peda Jalaripeta. For, it is this bus that opens up a world of fantasy, scientific inventions and many magical historical chapters before them. Thanks to an initiative by WNS Cares Foundation (WCF), mobile library carrying more than 1,000 books, has been reaching out to children in slums in the city with an aim to bring about a transformation in the lives of the children from the underprivileged sections.

    This novel initiative was first started in Mumbai in 2014 and later expanded to cities such as Chennai, Pune, Visakhapatnam and Nasik. With a total fleet of eight vans across the cities, the mobile library has so far reached out to over 8000 children in underserved areas. In Visakhapatnam, the initiative that was launched four months ago has already covered areas like Madhurawada Kalanagar, Pedda Jalaripeta Ferry Road, Markavalasa, Port Area Jalirepeta, Madhurwada Wamway Colony and Jodigudapalem. A teacher travels with each mobile library to teach the basic academic concepts to children. WCF refurbishes old vans and converts them into ‘libraries on wheels’. In Visakhapatnam, Surendra Revu travels with the van to remote areas and turns the van into a mini school by teaching the kids the basics of various subjects.

    Speaking to The Hindu about the initiative, Shamini Murugesh, Honorary Chief Mentor, WNS Cares Foundation said: “The idea is to take education to the doorsteps of the children. Each mobile library is equipped with a solar inverter, fan and an umbrella for the kids to spread out. Children are also provided clean drinking water through water dispensers. In addition to this, the van also has a computer supported by a 4G Internet connection with the purpose of exposing the children to the world of technology and giving them access to more reading material. State Board course curriculum in a digital format is given in each of these vans to aid learning for children.”

    The children are encouraged to take the books home and return them during subsequent weekly visits of the van, just the way a library functions.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / Nivedita Ganguly / February 28th, 2017

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    Sizzling: Actor Pranita walking the ramp showcasing the collections designed by students at a fashion show in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. | Photo Credit: K_R_DEEPAK;K_R_DEEPAK -

    Sizzling: Actor Pranita walking the ramp showcasing the collections designed by students at a fashion show in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. | Photo Credit: K_R_DEEPAK;K_R_DEEPAK –

    Students showcase their collections at fashion show

    The mood was electrifying at the AU Convocation Hall as models, with smouldering eyes and sensuous smiles, sashayed onto the ramp. The evening was filled with creativity, artistic talent and fashion extravaganza on Saturday as students of Queenz Institute of Fashion displayed their work in the annual designer show. Organised in association with Kanchi Kamakshi, some 32 students of the advanced diploma and diploma courses in fashion design offered by the institute showcased their collections which were uniquely themed to reflect the rich handloom and handicraft tradition of AP.

    Creating a line that caught everybody’s eye the young designers added the much needed oomph factor to city’s fashion calendar. The event created a platform for aspiring fashion designers to think out of the box, come up with their own label and make a smart entry in the fashion circuit.

    This year, the students had their fashion pulse on exploring different traditional weaves and crafts of the State. Right from spending time with the weavers and craftsmen of villages like Mangalari, Machilipatnam, Dharmavaram and Chirala to creating a fusion of styles that brings out freshness in the fashion scene, the young designers have gone a step further in their pursuit of capturing a different fashion essence.

    “The students have spent more than six months in designing the creations. The main purpose of the show is to provide them a platform to innovate and tell the story of a rich textile and craft tradition of AP through the creations. Showcasing their work in the public domain gives them exposure,” said D. Satyaveni, faculty of the institute. The collection was showcased in groups which included cocktail wear, street wear, western party wear, indo-western, traditional drapes and saris. The Indo western collection designed by Sandhya, Padma and Deepti Patnaik was an ode to Dharmavaram silk. Draped in a bright orange and maroon ensemble, actor Pranita was the show-stopper of the sequence.

    The team of young designers Sravani, Nilima, Nirisha and Anisha brought out a cocktail wear designing dresses with the traditional Uppada fabric and crochet. Designers Manisha, Sirisha, Jai and Shanti Priya took the Kalamkari prints of Machilipatnam and designed it in Khadi. Street wear got a fresh look with a fusion of Khadi and Venkatgiri. The collections were fused with Kondapalli toys in handbags and footwear, which are worth a mention.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / Nivedita Ganguly / Visakhapatnam – February 25th, 2017

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