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    September 30th, 2012adminBusiness & Economy, Science & Technology

    Hyderabad, September 29th:

    The International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) will host the sixth international conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics (ICLGG) here.

    The six-day conference will begin on October 2. About 500 delegates from 44 countries are expected to attend the conference to discuss advances in the area of legume genetics and genomics.

    William D. Dar, Director-General of ICRISAT; Swapan Datta, Deputy Director-General (Crop Science) of ICAR; and Rick Dixon, Plant Biology Division Director and Senior Vice-President of Noble Foundation, the USA, will address the conference.

    “This conference is of great significance for India as legumes form an important constituent of the vegetarian diet consumed globally and complement cereal crops as a rich source of dietary protein (ranging from 20-40 per cent),” Dar said here in a statement.

    India is the largest or one of the largest producers of a majority of pulse crops in the world. It contributes 25 per cent to the global legume production.

    “Despite being the largest producer for the majority of pulse crops there is a significant difference in its production and consumption. Owing to this huge difference in the production and consumption, India has to spend a significant amount of its foreign currency on import of these legumes to fill the gap. In 2008, India spent about $2 billion on the import of these legumes,” an ICRISAT statement said.

    Earlier editions of the conference have been held in the US (twice), France, Australia and Mexico.

    source: / Home> Industry & Economy> Agri-Biz / by Business Correspondent / September 29th, 2012

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    September 30th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All


    Despite little signs of the recession easing, sentiment seems to have played a major role at  Ganesh laddu auctions this year.

    A laddu weighing about 36kg set the record this year with organisers raking in Rs 12.15 lakh in an open auction in Ameerpet. The chief executive officer of a private real estate firm (Viswas Real Estates & Infrastructures India Ltd, Habsiguda crossroads), G Eswar Rao, bagged the laddu at the auction held on Saturday evening, just before the Ganesh idol was taken for immersion.

    The Ameerpet laddu has thus fetched Rs 3.05 lakh more than what it did last year. Another real estate firm, VVR Housing Pvt Ltd, had bought the laddu for Rs 9.10 lakh last year. “The increase in the auction amount will allow us to give scholarships to meritorious students through the VVR Foundation (Mee Kosam) in the state,” Eswar Rao told TOI.

    Meanwhile, the famous Balapur Ganesh laddu also set a new record at this year’s auction. The laddu, weighing 21kg, has fetched the organisers Rs 7.50 lakh at the auction held in the village which lies in the neighbouring Rangareddy district. The successful bidder here was P Govardhan Reddy, who hails from the same village. This year the auction fetched Rs 2.05 lakh more than last year. In 2011, Kolan brothers of Balapur village had cornered the laddu for Rs 5.45 lakh.

    The auction started at around 9.45am with 23 persons participating in the bidding for the prized laddu. Given the number of participants, the bids crossed last year’s mark within a few minutes. After a keen contest, 45-year-old Govardhan Reddy, a realtor, quoted Rs 7.50 lakh and became the successful bidder. Incidentally, he is former Balapur sarpanch P Narasimha Reddy’s eldest son.

    “Today, I fulfilled my father’s last wish. My father passed away two years back. His last wish was had been to get the Balapur Ganesh laddu home,” Goverdhan Reddy, who worked in Ireland before returning to the city two years back, told the media.

    An almirah maker, G Narasimha, bought the Badangpet Ganesh laddu for Rs 6.55 lakh. This is the fourth time that Narasimha has bagged the laddu in the auction. This year, he bought the laddu after paying Rs 35,000 over last year’s successful bid. “It is my sentiment to buy the Badangpet laddu as I believe that it is Lord Ganesh’s blessings which have made my business prosper,” he said.

    source: / Home> City> Hyderabad / TNN, September 30th, 2012

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    Brahman cattle after a rain near Perch Creek Road near College Station, TX

    By Krishan Gupta

    History of Brahman cattle between India and America is more than 140 years old. During British Raj Indian cattle were imported to USA and Brazil for milk and other products and according to their needs. Texas became the main hub to import cattle during that time. City of Hungerford, TX has one of the ten largest purebred producers in USA.

    A Brahman cow is an extremely good mother, offering protection and an abundance of milk for her calves. Brahman calves tend to measure high weights at weaning because of the outstanding milk given by Brahman cows. They are known for their extreme tolerance to heat conditions, and resistance to insects due to their thick layer of skin. They live longer than many other breeds, often still producing calves at ages 15 and older. These cows have a greater ability to withstand heat than European cattle, and have more sweat glands, big hump, also an oily skin, thought to help repel pest insects along with a smooth coat and a short hair coat. They are also more resistant to parasites and disease in some countries, especially in South America. In South America, Brahman cattles are also used for milk, and other products.

    The Brahma is a breed of Zebu cattle (Bos indicus), later exported from India to the rest of the world. The main breeds used were Kankrej, Gujarat, Nellore or Ongole and the Gir cattle. It is named for the Sacred Cow of Hindus.

    Nellore cattle originated from Ongole (Bos Iindicus) cattle originally brought from India to Brazil. The Nellore has a distinct large hump over the top of the shoulder, neck, and long legs, which help them to walk in water and when grazing. The Nellore can adapt to all except very cold climates. They are very resistant to high temperatures and have natural resistance to various parasites and diseases.

    Ongole city is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India and famous for its Ongolu Gittacattle (Ongole breed of oxen).  This is one of the major Zebu cattle breeds in the world. Zebucattle was originally called as Bos Indicus, sometimes known as humped cattle, Indicus cattle, Cebu or Brahmin cattle originating in South Asia, particularly the Indian subcontinent. They are characterized by a fatty hump on their shoulders, drooping ears and a large dewlap. Zebu are used as draught oxen, as dairy cattle and as beef cattle, as well as for byproducts such as hides and dung for fuel and manure.

    Gir cattle are famous milk cattle breed of India. The native tract of the breed is Gir hills and forests of Kathiawar including Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Rajkot and Amreli District of Gujarat.

    Kankrej cattle are a breed of Zebu cattle from the district of Kankrej in the state of Gujarat, India, They are also known by the names Bannai, Nagar, Talabda, Vaghiyar, Waged, Wadhiar, Guzerat cattle are a breed developed in Brazil from Kankrej cattle imported from India. The name Gurezat is a Portuguese spelling of Gujarat. They are, of course, very similar, both being tall draft/beef  breeds with high horns. On the average, Guzerat are darker, bigger and have longer horns than Kankrej. The bulls usually are quite dark on the head and forequarters, lighter elsewhere. Guzerat and Kankrej are the principal breeds used in the formation of the American Brahman, along with the Gir and the Nellore.

    However there has never existed in India a breed called Nellore. This name corresponds to a District of the old Presidency of Chennai, now belonging to the new State of Andhra Pradesh by the Bengal Sea. It was in Brazil that some authors started to use the name Nellore as a synonym to Ongole, the Indian breed that contributed most to the creation of the Nellore.

    The first importation of Indian cattle of any notoriety came in 1854, when sugar and cotton farmer, Richard Barrow of St. Franksville, Louisiana, was presented with two bulls by the Government of Great Britain, for his services in teaching cotton and sugar cane production to British officials establishing these crops in the deltas  of India.

    In 1915, J.D. Hudgins and his son, Walter, began putting together all of the Indian cattles they could find and afford to purchase. In that year, they bought a group of females which were direct descendants of a 1906 importation from India. In 1924, they were able to purchase a group of bulls which had been imported from Brazil. These, and other humped cattle, formed the basis of the first breed to be developed in the United States “The American Brahman”. The registry for the American Brahman breed was organized in that same year. The J.D. Hudgins ranch is located at Hungerford, Texas, 50 miles southwest of Houston on U.S. Highway 59.   The Hudgins Ranch acquired the gray Brahman bull Monso in 1933. Manso’s descendants are the cornerstone stock from which the ranch’s American Gray Brahman herd was developed, now one of the largest registered American Gray Brahman herds in the world.

    Originating from a nucleus of approximately 266 bulls and 22 females of several Bos indicus (cattle of India) types imported into the United States between 1854 and 1926. Today the Brahman breed has achieved acceptance for their environmental adaptively, longevity, mothering ability and efficient beef production

    In 1933 the Hudgins Ranch purchased the gray Brahman bull Manso, a descendant of a pure blood Brazilian Brahma bred by the Sartwelle Brothers of Palacios, Texas. Manso proved to be an excellent sire and very prolific. His first calves were born in the fall of 1934. At the time of his death in 1943 at the age of 17 years, Manso had produced 316 offspring for the ranch. It has been estimated that over 75% of all cattle registered by the American Brahman Breeders Association carry Manso breeding. The Manso cattle breed have captured over 1500 championships including numerous National and International Champions

    V8 Ranch was also established in 1944 by Howard Parker of Center, Texas and purchased by Sloan Williams in 1971. Because of these early roots he said that was proud to be one of the oldest continually operating Brahman herds in the United States.

    The American Brahman Breeders Association was organized in 1924. J.W. Sartwelle of Houston was the first recording secretary of the Association and it was he who proposed the word “Brahman” and so it was adopted as the name of the new beef breed. American Brahman cattle, the first beef breed developed in the United States, are proven to be the top most rank in hybrid vigor, heat tolerance, and efficiency compared to all other beef breeds. With improved growth and performance, Brahman cattle increased profitability and play an important role in crossbreeding programs throughout the United States, Brazil, Australia and many other parts of the world.

    source: / September 27th, 2012

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    September 29th, 2012adminBusiness & Economy, Leaders

    Senior citizen Varahalu Chetty being felicitated at the 88th birth anniversary celebrations of V.B.V. Reddy at Dr. L. B. College in the city on Thursday. Former AU rector A. Prasanna Kumar, Chairman of Rajiv Education and Employment Mission of AP K. C. Reddy, Port Chairman Ajeya Kallam and Director General of Prema Hospitals S.V.Adinarayana Rao are seen. / Photo: A. Manikanta Kunmar / The Hindu

    Rich tributes paid to V.B.V. Reddy, founder-president of Dr. Lankapalli Bullayya College

    Andhra Pradesh State has become a model in skill development and every week many delegations from upcountry are visiting Hyderabad to study the model, according to Chairman of Rajiv Education and Employment Mission of AP, K.C. Reddy.

    Delivering the inaugural V.B.V. Reddy memorial oration arranged on the occasion of the 88 birth anniversary of VBV Reddy at Dr. Lankapalli Bullayya College here on Thursday, he said that the Government identified employment potential/opportunity and trained youth assuring them gainful employment.

    This was an answer to the complaints of industry about the mismatch in academic world. Private sector had become dominant, wanting specific skills.

    “The market also provides an opportunity for people to go and get trained. But how many can afford to pay? As many as 2.2 lakh people trained by the Government are 45 per cent are BCs, 26 per cent SC/STs, and others belonging to self-help group households.

    We have completed seventh district visit of Indirammabata,” he disclosed.

    Prof. Reddy said development must become participatory, inclusive or otherwise it would become a problem instead of enriching the society. Education with definite focus of skill development and vocational training would provide results.

    If there were no skills created, the young India with majority of youthful population, would go restive.

    “When you have large number of youth, the tolerance levels will be limited,’ he cautioned.

    Paying glowing tributes to V.B.V. Reddy, founder-president of Dr. Lankapalli Bullayya College, he was one of the persons who played a key role in value system and was a great philanthropist.

    Prof. Reddy also felicitated former Vice-Chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University B. Swami, social workers Susarla Gopala Sastry and Kasim S. Mehdi and Varahalu Chetty of Book Centre on the occasion.

    Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust Ajeya Kallam, who unveiled a portrait of V.B.V. Reddy at the venue, said that V.B.V. Reddy belonged to a generation which believed in Indianness in our institution and tradition.

    “I heard so much about him. They did business in VPT but never behaved like stevedores. They created institutions and took care of workers because they believed in trusteeship which Gandhi talked about,” he stated.

    Former Rector of Andhra University and noted commentator A. Prasanna Kumar said that education, science and technology contributed to social growth and VBV Reddy a visionary founded The Society for Collegiate Education which set up Bullayya College.

    Director General of Prema Hospitals S.V. Adinarayana Rao said V.B.V. Reddy always supported sports activities in the city and suggested that the Bullayya College complex and road be named after him.

    Earlier, Director of the college K. Bhaskara Reddy welcomed the gathering and Secretary and Correspondent G. Madhu Kumar proposed a vote of thanks.

    source: / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Special Correspondent / September 28th, 2012

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    September 29th, 2012adminBusiness & Economy, Leaders, Science & Technology

    After the successful first edition, the 2nd edition of VCCircle’s Hyderabad Investment Forum will capture and identify the emerging sectors and the entrepreneurs who will redefine and lead the industrial scenario of Andhra Pradesh in the coming years. The event will be held at ISB Campus in Hyderabad on October 11.

    Hyderabad, dubbed as Cyberabad in the recent years, has evolved into India’s bulk drug capital or MFI capital or EPC capital. Formerly an agriculture economy, the city is now witnessing the emergence of high quality businesses in IT, healthcare and education sectors. At the same time, the native penchant for construction and contracting continues at the same pace.

    The VCCircle summit will discuss key issues impacting the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Andhra Pradesh and will also highlight the attractive opportunities which may surface in the coming years. The panel discussions will bring valuable insights in areas ranging from discovering the entrepreneurial DNA of the state to identifying the sectors and stages that appeal to the investors.

    Our sector-focused panels on infrastructure, healthcare and emerging tech themes, such as digital content, e-commerce, SaaS and mobile, will map the opportunities for entrepreneurship and investments in the near future. The forum will also feature two inspiring accounts by entrepreneurs on how they started up, raised funding and scaled up – real-life tales that redefined the spirit of entrepreneurship in the state.

    For those seeking capital, we have special VCCircle Lounge sessions where we connect handpicked companies with India’s topmost private equity and venture capital investors. Some of the key speakers at the summit are:

    Richard B. Saldanha – Executive Director, Blackstone
    Aluri Srinivasa Rao – MD, Morgan Stanley Private Equity
    Devendra Surana – MD, Bhagyanagar India Ltd
    Raja Kumar – CEO, Ascent Capital
    Karthee Madasamy – MD, Qualcomm Ventures
    Dr N. Krishna Reddy – CEO, Care Hospitals Group
    Parag Dhol – MD, Inventus Capital Partners
    Gopal Srinivasan – Chairman & MD, TVS Capital Funds
    Raj Seelam – MD, Sresta Natural Bioproducts Pvt Ltd
    Ranjith Boyanapalli – Founder & CEO,
    Sateesh Andra – Managing Partner, Ventureast Tenet Fund
    Sandeep Reddy – MD, Peepul Capital Advisors
    Santanu Paul – MD & CEO, TalentSprint
    Sudesh Menon – CEO, Waterlife India Pvt Ltd
    Suresh Chukkapalli – Founder & Chairman, Phoenix Group
    Vamshi Reddy – Co-founder & CEO, Apalya Technologies
    Varma Rudraraju – Founder & CEO, Aizant
    Vikram Vuppala – Founder & CEO, NephroPlus
    Konda Vishweshwar Reddy – MD, Citadel Research and Solution Ltd
    … and many more are joining.

    If you are interested in attending the event, please write to us at

    source: / Home> Announcement / September 28th, 2012 / Team TC


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    On the culmination of World Tourism Week celebrations on Thursday, the department of tourism presented awards of excellence in various segments of travel and tourism industry in the state.

    Tourism Minister Vatti Vasanth Kumar gave away the awards in various categories at a function held at Ravindra Bharathi here on Thursday.

    The Golconda Resort and Spa won the best theme-based resort award whereas Jewel of Nizam at The Golkonda won the best restaurant in the state award.

    The Park Hyatt, Hyderabad and Hotel Daspalla were awarded the best classified hotels in 5-tar and 4-star categories. Dr YSR National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management was adjudged the best tourism educational institution. Ajay Kant Gir for his 1952 Chevrolet Style Line Deluxe, Bharat Reddy for his 1943 Willy’s and Javedd for 1956 Bullet 750 won the awards in Best Vintage Car, Jeep and Motor cycle categories respectively.

    “From next year I foresee participation and healthy competition between public sector hotels too with private sector,” said the toursim minister.

    Special chief secretary (tourism) Chandana Khan, director of tourism Kantilal Dante, tourism advisor G Kishan Rao, director of archeology P Gayatri, special officer of Shilparamam GN Rao, director of the department of Culture Kavita Prasad Raju and director of NITHM Narayana Reddy were present.

    The department of tourism, during the week-long celebrations, conducted programmes like food festivel, release of books and musical programmes, Hyderabad Heritage Run, film screening, vintage car rally and interactive session with stakeholders of tourism sector and inauguration of a sculpture park.

    source: / Home> South> Southern News> Hyderabad / The New Indian Express, Express News Service / September 28th, 2012


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    September 29th, 2012adminBusiness & Economy
    • Indian port already looking to increase container capacity as new terminal opens for commercial operations

    Krishnapatnam Port, whose new container terminal commenced operations yesterday, is planning to invest US$2 billion to increase the capacity of the Indian port in the second phase of its expansion, according to the port’s chief executive.

    Speaking to the Economic Times, Anil Yendluri said that the port had already invested $1 billion, and is planning to “invest another $2 billion in the next five to six years to increase capacity in both the bulk as well as container segments.”

    However, Yendluri declined to comment on how the port would finance such a project, however, he added that private equity fund 3i has an investment in the CVR Group promoted port.

    Yendluri added that the first vessel to call at the port’s new container terminal arrived yesterday, and that the new facility has already secured the fortnightly call of a Bengal Tiger Line feeder service.

    The new terminal and its two deepwater berths currently boast an annual capacity of 1.2 million TEU – the planned expansion will see Krishnapatnam’s capacity increase to 6 million TEU.

    Earlier this year, Krishnapatnam Port overtook Mumbai to become the deepest draft port in India, and is now capable of accepting vessels with a maximum permissible draft of 18.5 meters. Plans are currently in place to increase the port’s draft to as much as 21 meters.

    source: / September 28th, 2012

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    Hyderabad does not just boast of famous localities, African Cavalry (AC) Guards and Habsiguda (named after Abyssinia or Ethiopia), but also its rich biodiversity thanks to its “African connection”.
    The Nizams had employed soldiers and servants from Africa and some of them had brought “flora mementos” with them to Hyderabad. The best-known flora or tree memento is the baobab tree, native of Madagascar. Popularly known as the elephant tree or Haati ka jhar, the baobab is now an endangered species in Andhra Pradesh. Outside Hyderabad, the tree is revered as “kalpavriksha” in parts of the State.

    Two of these kalpavriksha trees were felled during the lane widening of the Vijayawada-Hyderabad National Highway and laying of the Outer Ring Road in Hyderabad. Now only four baobab trees remain in the State, one of them in the Golconda Fort. Baobab is scientifically called Adansonia digitata and many people in Andhra Pradesh believe it has magical or mystical powers. These trees are more than 150 years old.

    Another African tree quite popular for its lovely reddish-orange flowers is Spathodea campanulata or the African tulip tree. Though it is an alien invasive species, it failed to spread much in the State. Its existence is also threatened. A number of bird species depend on this African tree. Says Dr Shaik Mahmood, head of department of botany, Nizam College, Osmania University, “These exotic plant species have made Hyderabad their home. They are of great environmental and taxonomical importance and add to the local biodiversity. We need to protect the remaining endangered trees from extinction.”

    source: / Home> Channels> Cities> Hyderabad / DC,  Hyderabad / September 28th, 2012

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    September 23rd, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment


    Amazed? That’s what the sculptors claim. The blooming of art ahead of the United Nations’ 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity might be of little interest to the general public, in particular cynics, who consider it a huge waste of money. But for sculptors, this is turning out to be a great opportunity to showcase their skills.

    The sculpture park at Shilparamam due to be inaugurated soon is spread across six acres. It has many sculptures, some made of stone, some others of scrap metal, but the main attraction is obviously the 70 ft long Gulliver pinned to the ground by a horde of Liliputs. It is the brainchild of Tejendra Singh Baoni, professor and sculptor from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, and Sunirmal Mity, an eminent sculptor from Shantiniketan in Kolkata. They are sure that Gulliver will be the cynosure of all eyes at Shilparamam from now on.

    “We tried to bring art closer to the general public in a way that they could interact with the sculptures here. Usually, people do not understand contemporary art but we have put in efforts to reflect society through art. We could not ignore children and hence, Gulliver,” said Tejendra Singh Baoni.

    The main attraction is the 70 feet long Gulliver pinned to the ground by a horde of Lilliputs

    Echoing his views, Sunirmal Mity agreed, “in our country, people are not very conscious and aware of art. We want them to interact with these sculptures in the same way that they relate to some movie names or famous dialogues that have become colloquial phrases. We hope these sculptures present here too make an impression on the public consciousness like that.” He termed the move to have a sculpture park novel, pointing out that this is a new concept in the country itself.

    Both Tejendra Singh Baoni and Sunirmal Mity have been working on the Gulliver’s metal sculpture for over a month and are confident of finishing their work in the coming days. “This will remain an open museum as the Gulliver’s sculpture if properly maintained will have a life span of over 50 years and probably nobody in the country has ever tried this sort of a metal structure. The sculptures made of stone will last for the next 900 years,” explained Tejendra Singh Baoni.

    Some of the metal sculptures include a rooster fight, peacock, scorpion, crocodile, snake etc. As many as 64 sculptures carved out by 38 sculptors are being exhibited here. Sculptors, basically students and upcoming artisans, were drawn from all over the country. While from Andhra Pradesh, 15 were drafted in, 7 came from West Bengal, 5 from Gujarat, 3 from Karnataka, 2 each from Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi, and one each from Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Chhattisgarh.

    The inauguration of the sculpture park which was scheduled for Friday has been postponed indefinitely

    source: / Home> South> Hyderabad / The New Indian Express / IBN Hyderabad, September 22nd, 2012

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    September 23rd, 2012adminAmazing Feats, Science & Technology

    A rare lung transplant, the third of its kind in the country, was performed at a Secunderabad-based hospital near here.

    Doctors at Yashodha Hospital successfully operated upon the lungs of a 34-year-old woman from Pune, who was suffering from interstitial fibrosis, a critical condition where lungs become stiff, blocking passage of oxygen into blood.

    The hospital’s team comprising chief cardiothoracic transplant and minimal access surgeon AGK Gokhale and senior consultant anesthetist Subramanyam performed the 14-hour long surgery.

    Doctors treating her in Mumbai had suggested a lung transplant, as both her lungs were damaged.

    The decision to conduct a surgery was taken after family members of the brain-dead patient, who had been bed ridden for several months and was dependent on external supply of oxygen, agreed to donate the organ.

    The patient has been doing well since the transplant, though she will be under observation for another three to six months.

    source: / Home> General News / Press Trust of India / Hyderabad, September 21st, 2012

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