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    February 28th, 2013adminRecords, All, Sports


    The victorious Under-19 boys junior college hockey team.-/  Photo: Singam Venkataramana / The Hindu

    Collector N. Mukteswara Rao on Wednesday praised the district under-19 hockey team which won the Trinokelkar Memorial Gold Cup tournament organised in Madanapalle, in Chittoor district.

    Collector compliments

    He presented trophies to each of the 16 team members, who bagged the gold medal.

    Thirteen of the team members were from the Boys Junior College, Nalgonda, two from Boys Junior College, Chityal and one from Boys Junior College, Devarakonda.

    Three members of the team from the Nalgonda Junior College, Ch. Yadagiri, Sai Prasad and G. Sai Vineeth later took part in the nationals.

    In-charge principal of the college Gona Reddy, physical director T. Ravinder Reddy were among those present at the function.

    Later the Collector interacted with the team members.

    He advised them to be firmly focused on their goal.

    Three players of the team take part in nationals

    source: / Home> National > Andhra Pradesh / by Correspondent / Nalgonda, February 28th, 2013

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    February 28th, 2013adminBusiness & Economy

    Hyderabad :

    In an otherwise disappointing Union budget  for the state, AP has a reason to cheer, as three districts of Nellore,Chitoor, and Ananthapuram are included in the Chennai-Bangalore Industry Corridor being developed with the financial aid provided by Japan International Cooperation Agency ( JICA).

    The mega project proposed to come up along the Chennai-Bangalore highway  envisages building world class infrastructure to attract investment in the industry sector on the lines of  Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor . And the Centre is obliged include AP in the Corridor thanks to the frantic efforts of the state government. During the Southern Zonal Council meeting in Bangalore last month, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had requested the Centre to extend the project to  Andhra Pradesh , saying only Chennai-Andhra-Bangalore corridor could unleash economic potential of the region and ensure world class infrastructure,  economic development  and employment generation.

    Responding to the budget announcement made by the finance minister P Chidambaram  on Thursday, minister for large industries Geetha Reddy said, “We are happy that AP is included in the industry corridor. And onus lies on us- the state government- now to leverage on the advantage and build industry clusters along the stretch. We would do it with the help of the Union government.”

    As per the plan, Krishnapattanam Port in Nellore is included in the Phase-I of the Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor and it would be developed as an alternative port for Chennai and Ennore ports which are burdened by traffic congestion. Geetha Reddy said apart from de-congesting the Chennai and Ennore ports, the up-graded Krishnapatatnam Port would catalyze industrial and economic growth in and around the district.

    In the Phase-II, the districts of Chitoor and Anathapur are included along with Nellore where the industrial clusters are planned, and the officials in the department of industry said a detailed report would be prepared in an year’s time. While sectors like manufacturing including automobile and machine tools are in the main focus, some of the non-pollutant industries like IT are on the top priority.

    Once the project takes shape, various border towns and cities in the districts will have an opportunity to benefit from the industrial corridor as part of which the Union and state governments are making big plans. Tirupati, Pilaru, Nayudupeta, Gudur and Hindupur are towns to have additional advantage because of the initiatives.

    However the industrial captains are bit disappointed, as they were asking for more. Y. Harish Chandra Prasad, Past Chairman, CII AP, and Chairman-Malaxmi Infra Ventures, said the budget announcement was disappointing for AP because the industries were expecting the finance minister to announce Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) connecting Vishakapatatnam and Kakinada, which was not to be.

    “There is not much to be cheer about because Krishnapattanam Port is already been developed as the alternative port to Ennore and Chennai in terms of cargo, there nothing new that the finance minister has given bonanza. We would have been happy, if he had PCPIR between Vizak and Kakinada,” Harischandra Prasad said.

    Expressing similar sentiment, secretary general of Federation of AP Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FAPCCI), M V Rajeswar Rao said the benefit that AP was going to get from the Industrial Corridor was marginal, as he pegged it at 10 %. “It is not that a great thing has happened to AP. The state would get a marginal benefit provided the state government shows some commitment to provide basic infrastructure like power and water which at the given situation not hopeful,” Rajeswar Rao said.

    source: / Home> City> Hyderabad / by B V  Shiva Shankar, TNN / February 28th, 2013

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    February 27th, 2013adminBusiness & Economy, Science & Technology

    Southern India’s Anantapur District will be the first municipality in the country to use solar energy for street lighting and water pumping operations. The solar project, consisting of nearly 40,000 solar panels , will be connected to the existing power grid and will save $1 million every year, according to the municipal authorities.

    The solar project will be constructed under India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). Located in Kadiri area of Anantapur District spread over 10,000 acres of barren land, the 5-megawatt solar installation is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 180,000 tons during its 25-year life span. The Anantapur solar project will also be the first project in the state to use Abound Solar Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) thin-film modules which are among the lowest-cost types of solar cells.

    Energy generated from nearly 40,000 solar panels  will result in over $1 million in savings. The project will cost about $11 million, and those costs are expected to be recovered in 11 years. The district authorities are hoping to get financial support from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy and use the savings to repay the loan.

    Via CleanTechnica

    Photos from Wikimedia Commons

    source: / Home> News> Renewable Energy> Solar power / by Lidija Grozdanic / January 26th, 2013

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    February 26th, 2013adminUncategorized

    Winners all:  Students of OU College of Engineering, who developedall-terrain four-wheel vehicle ‘Dirt Rider’.   –Photo: By arrangement / The Hindu

    An all-terrain four-wheel vehicle “Dirt Rider”, which was designed, fabricated and tested by the Students of Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College of Engineering, Osmania University won the “Technology Innovation Award” at “SAE BAJA-2013”, an annual event conducted by Society for Automotive Engineers, India (SAE) at NATRIP Track, Pithampur near Indore.

    The award was given for their innovation of four-wheel steering mechanism incorporated in the vehicle and it carried prize money of Rs.1 lakh. Apart from the award, five students from OUCE were also offered Jobs by top Automotive Companies with average pay package of over Rs.5 lakh per annum, said the faculty advisor and professor of Mechanical Engineering, V. Uma Maheshwar, who guided them in the project.

    He said there was heavy competition for the award with 350 teams coming from across India including IITs and NITs competing.

    The student group was led by Captain Srinath Sharma and Vice Captain Raja Rao. The driver of the Vehicle was Venkatesh.

    The team had five girls Priyanka, Nishita, Pravallika, Sai Laxmi and Divya Shivani who contributed actively in the development of the Vehicle. A. Ganesh, J. Srujan Reddy, Sai Srinath, Sendilkar and Avinash formed the Core Committee of SAE BAJA Club. Nikhil and Srikanth Prasad were the welding experts.

    The team worked for ten months to develop the vehicle.


    source: / Home> Features> Education Plus / by R.R.R / February 25th, 2013

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    February 26th, 2013adminBusiness & Economy

    New Delhi :

    Indian Railways will set up an employees’ training institute at Secunderabad  and strive to fill 1.52 lakh vacancies this year, to add to the “family” of 14 lakh railway employees, Pawan Kumar Bansal announced.

    Other key points in his maiden Railway Budget were —

    Arunachal Pradesh  has been brought into the railway network for the first time.

    Indian Railways is aware of the problems of the IRCTC website, and will create a next generation e-ticketing system by end of this year, Bansal said.

    Aadhar can be helpful for Railways in many respect, from booking tickets to tracking pension of rail employees.

    Indian Railways will run a special luxury coach with the best of ameneties, named ‘Anubhuti’, with select trains.

    Railways is concerned about the safety of women passengers, and has created 4 companies of women RPF personnel for their safety, Bansal said.

    Ladies coaches in metros are being accompanied by women RPF personnel.

    There has been a reduction in the number of train accidents, even though passenger and freight volumes have increased, Bansal said in his maiden Railway Budget speech.

    Indian Railways face mounting scarcity of resources.

    “Howsoever high a flight may be, we must remain connected to the ground,” he said.

    Pawan Kumar bansal started his speech with the usual homage to Congress leaders. He is the first Congress Railyway Minister  in nearly 17 years and expectations are high from his Rail Budget speech.

    Bansal had in January hiked railway fares across the board for the first time in a decade. The decision had met with widespread political criticism.

    source: / Home> News> News By Industry> Transportation / Agencies / February 26th, 2013

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    February 26th, 2013adminBusiness & Economy
    Hyderabad , FEB 26:

    Securities and Exchange Board of India Chairman U.K. Sinha today opened its local office in the city as part of its efforts to reach out to investors across the country.

    As part of its decentralisation of work to regional offices, the Mumbai-headquartered SEBI is opening new local offices in different regions of the country.

    Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Chairman T.S. Vijayan and SEBI whole-time member Rajeev Agarwal were also present on the occasion.

    In August, SEBI had said that it would open five more local offices at Chandigarh, Jaipur, Indore, Patna or Bhubaneswar and Banglore or Kochi in the current fiscal.

    The market regulator is looking to strengthen its regional offices since physical proximity of its office to investors and intermediaries would promote deepening and broadening of the securities market.

    source: / Home> Markets / by PTI / Hyderabad, February 26th, 2013

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    February 25th, 2013adminRecords, All, Sports

    Duo upset Petrova/ Srebotnik in the final

    Bethanie Mattek-Sands, of the United States, and Sania Mirza, of India, won their fourth title on tour as a team and their second of the season with an upset win over second seeds Nadia Petrova and Katrina Srebotnik 64 26 107 to win the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday.

    After the win, Mirza, a crowd favourite in Dubai, commented, “When you play a final it’s not really just about tennis – it’s a lot about nerves and trying to keep positive. It’s the ones who are gutsy, or gutsier than the others at that given point of time, who come through. When we went down 4-0 in the second set we were a little passive and defensive. When you play people like Nadia and Kata, you have to be offensive. They’re both 6′ tall, to start with. We knew we had to attack more. And we knew that in a super tie-break anything can happen.”

    Sania added, “We’re great friends, of course, but I think more than that we really enjoy playing tennis. There’s no point getting down on yourself. That kind of works for us. Maybe it doesn’t work for everyone, but it works for us. Even when we’re smiling in between points, we know when we play it’s going to be intense again and we’re going to be right back. I like to smile and enjoy tennis and competing, and live for moments like that. Fortunately I found somebody who can do that too.”

    Mattek-Sands commented, “I’ve always said my whole career that playing doubles is better than any practice session you can do. You’re serving, you’re returning, you’re playing points, you’re under pressure. But what Sania said is true – physically it can be an issue. You have to keep up and be able to play twice a day, and week in and week out.”

    This was Sania’s 16th doubles title on tour and Mattek-Sands 12th.

    Petrova and Srebotnik lost in the finals on the tour for the second week in a row – losing to Italians Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani in Doha last week.

    Sania has stopped playing singles to focus on doubles and protect her body from breaking down to injuries often.

    source: / WTA Tennis by Prakash / February 24th, 2013

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    February 25th, 2013adminRecords, All, Sports
    State Bank of Hyderabad scored an easy 4-0 win over Nobel Football Academy (Aurangabad) in the final of the Varco all-India invitation football tournament in Yavatmal (Maharahstra) on Sunday.

    The Hyderabad outfit took the lead in the 24th minute of a header from Faisal Jabri of a throw-in taken by Tattam Naidu.

    Within 10 minutes, Mohd Moazzam made it 2-0 for SBH with a fine solo effort.

    In the second session, Mohd Qizar and Moazzam scored one goal each to complete the tally for the winner.

    Special prizes were given to SBH players — Raji Naidu (best goalkeeper), Faisal Al Jabri (best striker), Tattam Naidu (best defender) and Mohammad Moazzam (player of the tournament) — even as the winning team was richer by Rs. 21,000.

    Anutej moves up

    Y. Anutej Reddy defeated Harshith Shankar 8-4 in the boys’ qualifying round of the AITA Talent Series tennis tournament organised by Tariq Sports Academy.

    The results: Qualifying round: Boys: Y. Anutej Reddy bt Harshith Shankar 8-4; Elan Elangovan bt B. Ruthvik 8-2; S. D. Himakesh bt Ganta Sai Karteek Redyy 8-3; K. Dheeraj Dhanvee bt Aditya Kallepalli 8-7 (7-3); Karne Chaitanya bt T. Sri Charan Yedu 8-0; T. Sri Harsha bt Ajay Kallepalli 8-6; G. Gaurav Reddy bt Ch. Hemanth Gulla 8-2; A. Krishna Teja bt Akshit Reddy 8-2.

    Chinna Babu shines

    Chinna Babu was the gross winner in the Denty’s golf tournament organised by Hyderabad Golf Association here.

    The results: Gross: 1. Chinna Babu, 2. D. S. Sumanth.

    Category 0-9 handicap: 1. K. Shashidhar Reddy, 2. K. Anil Reddy.

    Category 10-18: 1. M. Aditya, 2. K. Sanjay.

    Ladies & juniors: 1. Navjay Jaiswal, 2. Rekha Reddy.

    Closest to pin: 1. Mohan Tyagi. Straight drive: Suresh Reddy.

    Football league

    Warangal District Football Association will organise the District league championship in the first week of March.

    Interested schools, college and football clubs may register by February 28.

    For details, call 98492 06310.

    source: / Home> Sports / Hyderabad, February 25th, 2013

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    February 24th, 2013adminBusiness & Economy

    Hyderabad, February 22:

    Low-cost carrier Tiger Airways of Singapore is increasing its services from Hyderabad as part of its initiative to make the city its Indian gateway for travellers to Singapore.

    “We will be increasing our flights from five times a week to daily from Hyderabad to Singapore in the coming months. Later, we intend to make it twice-a-day service,” Kaneswaran Avili, commercial director, said.

    The carrier today inked the corporate fare distribution agreement with travel network company, which has 20,000 travel agent partners in India, Philippines and Indonesia. The corporate package includes free check-in baggage of up to 25 kg and change-fee waivers for any flight change.

    “About 35 per cent of our customers in India are corporate travellers,” he told media persons.

    Vikram Jaisinghani, CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport, said the airport would see further increases in international services in the coming months.

    Currently, 15 international airlines have services through Hyderabad airport with 40 air traffic movements a day.

    “We will see addition of services on existing as well as new international routes. We also expect domestic airlines to launch international service through Hyderabad in the coming months,” he said.

    Although the airport has registered a fall in domestic passengers, the increase in international traffic may enable it to end the fiscal with last year traffic level of 8.5 million.

    “We have seen a three per cent fall in domestic passengers this fiscal,” Jaisinghani added.

    source: / Home> Industry> Logistics / by The Hindu Bureau / Hyderabad, February 22nd, 2013

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    February 24th, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Actor R Madhavan revealed his “sensual relationship” to his fans online. But before you let your imagination run, let it be known that the relationship being spoken about is with food.
    Madhavan, who was in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, on Saturday for the opening of a jewellery showroom, tasted a sweet delicacy of the area and fell in love with it. The actor then took to his micro-blogging site to share his experience with his fans.
    He tweeted: “OMG OMG OMG.. U haven’t lived till you have tasted the Kakinada Khaja..I just had a sensual relationship with food..ha ha ha OMG. (sic).” Talk about sugary-sweet love! We bet his fans, who retweeted and immediately favourited his tweet, will make it a point to bite into this delicacy.

    source: / Home> Entertainment> Bollywood> News & Interviews / by Nupur Chaudhuri, TNN / February 23rd, 2013

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