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    May 31st, 2013adminBusiness & Economy

    Hyderabad :

    The state has been granted another National Investment Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) near Ongole in Prakasam district. This was announced by Union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma at a press conference jointly addressed by him and chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday.

    This will be in addition to the two NIMZs already cleared in principle by the central government in Medak and Chittoor districts. The zones will be developed as integrated industrial townships with state-of-the-art infrastructure, clean and energy-efficient technology and skill development facilities.  Andhra Pradesh  would be the second state after Maharashtra to have more than two NIMZs. The Centre has already given in principal approval for 12 NIMZs, which will get several incentives like exemption from capital gains tax and liberalised labour and environmental norms.

    These zones are being set up under the National  Manufacturing Policy of 2011, with an aim to increase the share of the manufacturing sector  in the GDP from the present 16 per cent to 25 per cent. “Japan, Germany, the UK, Russia and China have shown keen interest in investing in these NIMZs and things are moving,” the Union minister said. Earlier in the day, the minister laid the foundation stone for the National Institute of Design (NID) at Gachibowli.

    Stressing on more employment opportunities, the minister said the manufacturing sector would provide jobs to 150 million youth who would join the work force by 2025. Complimenting the state for making good progress in the designing sector, he said the Centre is ready to extend financial help to 46 more handloom clusters in the state. At present, it is providing aid to 52 clusters, he said. Sharma also agreed to provide health insurance  to workers in the power loom industry by designing a special package. At the request of the chief minister, Sharma agreed to sanction ‘mega clusters’ at Dharmavaram, where 47,000 silk  looms are present.

    The minister said also yes to establishing the ‘World Pharma Trade Centre’ in Hyderabad for which the state government has already earmarked 5 acres of land. Sharma directed the officials to make all efforts to lay the foundation for Footwear Designing and Development Institute (FDDI) at Hyderabad within 30 to 45 days time. He added that around 1,000 students would be trained annually in this international standard institute in Leatherware Fashion Technology and the required funds would be given by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). The minister also asked the government officials to revalidate the previously sanctioned Mega Tanning Cluster Complex at Kothapatnam of Nellore district.

    Stating that Visakhapatnam has become a key centre of activities for cargo and trade with foreign countries, the minister agreed to sanction ‘Indian Institute of Foreign Trade’ (IIFT) at Visakhapatnam. He also agreed to start one branch of ‘Central Cottage Emporium’ in the state.

    The Union Minister congratulated Kiran Kumar for the efforts to launch “E-Biz Project” by September-October this year, as Andhra Pradesh is the first state to start single window permissions through online in the Industrial sector.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Hyderabad / by TNN / May 26th, 2013

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    May 30th, 2013adminEducation, World Opinion

    Rajahmundry  (AP):

    Some prominent US educational institutions are imparting industrial training to students in India under the Centre’s Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP), human resource development minister M Pallam Raju on Friday said.

    Under the initiative, training is provided to students who have passed polytechnic and engineering courses, based on their understanding of the subject and as per the needs of industry.

    The first phase of the World Bank-sponsored TEQIP, launched in 2003 and completed in 2009, has been implemented with the aim of improving quality of technical education in the country.

    On the future course, Raju said, “Eight educational projects have been identified under the Manmohan Singh-Barack Obama Global Learning Initiative programme and another eight projects will be identified by June.”

    The minister said that necessary steps were being taken for setting up triple-IT and Kendriya Vidyalayas in East Godavari district of the state.

    Raju said that irrespective of many ups and downs on economic front, the country is maintaining the growth rate at 6 per cent under Congress-led UPA government.

    He announced without elaborating that as many as 300 model schools will come up across 3,500 educationally backward blocks in the country.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> Education / by PTI / May 25th, 2013

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    Guntur :

    Four idols dating back to 15th century were found in the agricultural fields on the way to the historic Kondaveedu fort near Phirangipuram in Guntur district.

    The idols of Lord Sri Rama, Sri Lakshmana, Sri Sita Devi and Lord Sri Lakshminarayana Swamy were found during tilling of his barren land by a farmer, Maddiboina Sambaiah, on Friday.

    The farmer alerted Kondaveedu Fort Development Society convener Kalli Siva Reddy, who after inspecting the idols, spoke to archaeology experts in Hyderabad and confirmed that the idols were nearly 600 years old.

    He said archeological experts would soon visit the site to ascertain the exact age of the idols.

    While the left hand of Sri Lakshman’s idol was found broken, the idol of Lord Lakshminarayana’s right hand was found missing  .

    Contrary to the popular tradition, the idol of Sri Lakshminarayana Swamy is not accompanied by his consort Sri Lakshmi Devi. The idols were found just at a depth of 5 ft in the fields and were mostly intact.

    “The idols may belong to the regime of Reddy king – Kumaragiri Reddy — an ardent devotee of Sri Lakshminarayana Swamy,” said Siva Reddy.

    He said all the four idols looked fresh despite having remained buried in the fields for centuries chiefly due to the impressive sculptural beauty of those days.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Hyderabad> Guntur District / TNN / May 25th, 2013

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    Udumala Bala

    Udumala Bala


    The Episcopal Ordination of the Bishop elect of Warangal Diocese, Monsignor Udumala Bala, has been scheduled to be held on May 23 at St. Fatima Cathedral at Kazipet.

    The 59-year-old Udumala Bala, who belongs to Gudur village of Station Ghanpur mandal in the district, was ordained as priest in 1979. He would be the third Bishop of the Diocese, which came into existence in 1952, after the Bishops Alphonsus Beretta and Thumma Bala.

    The position was vacant for about two year after the Bishop Thumma Bala was elevated to the position of Archbishop of Hyderabad under whose jurisdiction comes the districts Khammam, Nalgonda, Adilabad,Kadapa, Kurnool, Karimnagar and Warangal.

    source: / The Hans India / Home / May 22nd, 2013

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    May 27th, 2013adminBusiness & Economy, World Opinion

    Visakhapatnam : 

    TAG Heuer – the Swiss company – wants to carry its prestigious, branded watches to tier-two cities such as Visakhapatnam to promote awareness among the public, even though the sales may be small in the beginning, according to Franck Dardenne, the General Manager of TAG Heuer India.\


    He was speaking here on Friday after inaugurating a collection of TAG Heuer’s Aquaracer watches at the Helios watch store. He said the brand was celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Aquaracer collection – priced in the range of Rs 70,000 to Rs 3,50,000 lakhs and above. Watch-lovers in the city can have access to the best watches, he added.

    He said the company had been making constant efforts throughout the past 30 years to improve upon the features and refashion the brand according to the needs of our customers. He said Shah Rukh Khan was the brand ambasador for the watches.

    Waseem Karim, the category manager of Helios, said his company was one of the best watch retailers in the country and it was offering 20 or more international brands under one roof. “We keep these expensive watch collections on display to promote awareness about them. As the city grows and purchasing power of the public increases, there will be more takers,” he said.

    Uppalapati Rani, the local franchisee, also spoke.

    source: / Business Line / Home> News> National / by The Hindu Bureau / Visakhapatnam – May 24th, 2013

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    A picture of Nellore association members after completing a sport activity

    A picture of Nellore association members after completing a sport activity

    To promote the awareness about being healthy among the members, the computer dealers association of Nellore, has attempted a different method of uniting the members every morning and conduct activities.

    Speaking to The DQ Week, Deepak Naidu, vice president of the association said, “This is a part of the CDAN Health Activity and is a first-of-its-kind activity in 2013. According to this activity every morning all our members meet at a stadium here in Nellore. For the first half an hour, we make our members walk or jog or run for 3 kms followed by one hour play of badminton or volley ball.” He also said that now it is difficult to make people appreciate the attributes of team work through long screen presentations within the four walls of a training room. “The real personalities, attitude and behaviour become much more conspicuous when people interact in a causal setting. To make it  compulsory, all meetings of our associations are planned to be conducted only in the stadium. We also advise members stay away from mobile phones during the meetings”  he further added.

    “Too often our health takes a backseat between our families, careers and daily obligations. To live a viable life, to love and take care of our families, and manage our daily responsibilities, our health must occupy a center stage in our list of priorities. So, this year, 2013, we have given health a top priority and started this activity. ” He also said that to build friendly relationship among members the association wanted to start cricket, a sport with health benefits including building endurance and stamina, balance, improved hand-eye co-ordination and team skills.

    source: / The DQ Week / Home> South / by Swaminathan B. / May 20th, 2013

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    Students of Nuzvid IIT who were selected for NASA International Space Development Conference (ISDC), to be held at USA, from May 23. / Photo. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar / The Hindu

    Students of Nuzvid IIT who were selected for NASA International Space Development Conference (ISDC), to be held at USA, from May 23. / Photo. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar / The Hindu

    They will present their projects at the 32 Annual International Space Development Conference in the US

    Girl students of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) have outshone boys by bagging 12 of the 13 slots for making it to the NASA Space Settlement Contest. They will be leaving for the U.S. via Chennai on Monday. Girls performed better than boys in designing projects on space settlement for humans.

    The selected students will present their projects at the 32 Annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC), to be held at San Diego, in the US, from May 23 to 27.

    Of the 38 students selected for the NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest-2013, 29 were girls from International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Nuzvid, but only 12 of them will make it to the US. Students of Pre-University and first year Engineering of the budding university have designed 13 projects on the title ‘Creating alternative living for mankind on Space’, said IIIT Director Ibrahim Khan.

    “We were inspired by Indian astronauts Kalpana Chawla and Sunitha Williams. Humans are creating miracles in the history of space, missile and robotics technologies. But, the number of women astronauts in India and other countries is very small. We want to become scientists in space and robotics technologies,” say the budding engineers preparing for their foreign trip.

    Some of the missions selected for ISDC are Amaranthos, Garuda, Atman, Titan, Magma, Anthena, Divouces, and Sudarshan Chakra. The students in their projects focussed on how to provide luxurious life for man with food, housing, employment, solar energy, pollution-free environment and other facilities on moon with latest technologies, for the next two decades.

    “Our project ‘Atman’ indicates the successful journey of man to the soul of new space era. We explained how to produce power by using solar wind through electrical sail technology, which was developed by the US in January 2013,” said V. Divya Sri, who is one of the three designers of the mission.

    “The mission ‘Titan’ is aimed at designing plans on how to tap natural resources from moon and other planets and lead a comfortable life on space. In our project, robots will play a key role by utilising the latest technologies,” said M. Hemalatha, who prepared ‘Titan’, along with two other girls H. Divya and S. Padmasri.

    source: http://www. / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Rajulapudi Srinivas / Nuzvid (Krishna Dist.) – May 20th, 2013

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    May 24th, 2013adminLeaders, Sports
    Koteswara Rao showing the basics to youngsters during the volleyball summer coaching camp at IGMC stadium in Vijayawada. / The Hindu

    Koteswara Rao showing the basics to youngsters during the volleyball summer coaching camp at IGMC stadium in Vijayawada. / The Hindu

    Koteswara Rao is known for his relentless search for champions

    Mention volleyball in Vijayawada and many vignettes crisscross the mind, and the most significant is that of former Indian Railways spiker and well-known coach T. Koteswara Rao, who has won the hearts of many with his unswerving commitment to the game.

    Affectionately called Koti by his friends, the veteran is known for his relentless search for champions and he uses the annual summer camp as a mission to search and hone their skills for glory.

    This pursuit is not something new to him for he made use of several camps earlier by identifying champion spikers like Arjuna awardee P.V. Ramana (father of badminton star P.V. Sindhu), Guthikonda Pradeep and Sk. Naima who went on to play for India from Vijayawada.

    “I have around 25 boys and 15 girls coming regularly to learn the basics at the IGMC. If they show the commitment and dedication, I am sure they can make a mark. I am also counselling their parents to let their children continue even after the summer is over. All they need to do is to play for two years and they will see the results for themselves,” he pointed out.

    Koteswara Rao is teaching the kids the rudiments such as holding and handling of the ball and later teaching them how to serve from one end to the other. Many kids with their not-so-strong hands failed to clear even their own side of the court but Koti, instead of chiding them encouraged them to apply more power.

    Koti said that the players would be taught six basic skills – serve, pass, set, attack, block and dig.

    Each of these skills comprises a number of specific techniques that have been introduced over the years and are now considered standard practice in high-level volleyball.

    “We need to apply specialisation basing on the physical structure of the player. If the player is blessed with good height he or she can be made a good spiker or a blocker. Short players can be good libero (defence player),” he added.

    “It is unfortunate that Koti is not yet conferred with coveted Dronacharya award. After all, he produced so many national and international players ,” said Krishna District Olympic Association secretary K.P. Rao.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities . by J. R. Sridharan / Vijayawada – May 18th, 2013

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    May 24th, 2013adminNature, Science & Technology


    Hyderabad :

    The famous fish medicine for asthma patients will be administered on June 8 & 9 at Exhibition Ground, Nampally. The fish medicine is distributed by well-known Bathini brothers of Doodhbowli.

    Last year Bathini brothers had administered the medicine at Kattedan but several people were injured due to stampede. This year government has permitted to distribute the medicine at Exhibition ground.

    The Bathini family claims to be giving the fish medicine free of cost for last 163 years. This medicine is administered on Mirag day which heralds the onset of monsoon.

    source: http:s// / The Siasat Daily News / Home> Hyderabad / Friday – May 24th, 2013

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    Red carpet: The yellow Rolls Royce that once belonged to the Nizam. After restoration, the car is now displayed at the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad.

    Red carpet: The yellow Rolls Royce that once belonged to the Nizam. After restoration, the car is now displayed at the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad.

    The history of Rolls-Royce motor cars in India has been an integral part of the country’s automotive development since the early 1900s.
    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars owes much to India. The sub-continent has been the ultimate destination of many of the early cars, including the 40/50hp Silver Ghosts and Phantoms built during the first half of the twentieth century.
    Proving ground
    The extremes of climate and terrain offered the perfect proving ground for that which was a relatively new form of machine and transport. To gain a reputation for unequalled reliability amongst the royalty and rich of India was praise indeed. The number of surviving Rolls-Royce motor cars from those pioneer days remain as a testimony to their success in that era.
    The connections with Rolls-Royce in India could well have begun when the parents of the Hon. Charles Stuart Rolls, Lord and Lady Llangattock, attended the 1902/03 celebrations of the Coronation Durbar in Delhi, two years before the formation of Rolls-Royce Ltd. They must have told their son Charles, who was selling French cars in London at the time, of the burgeoning interest in motoring amongst the fabulously wealthy Indian potentates.
    Ghosts and kings
    In 1907, an English businessman with interests in India took a 40/50hp to Bombay. The car christened ‘Pearl of the East’ was to participate in the 620-mile Reliability Trials, spread over six mountain passes of the Ghats between Bombay and Kolhapur. The Rolls-Royce performed without fault, and in winning its class was awarded the Mysore Cup. H.H. the Maharaja of Gwalior purchased the car and the resultant publicity did much to enhance the reputation and sales of the model that became widely known as the ‘Silver Ghost’ among Indian royal families.
    By 1911, Rolls-Royce had already established a following and eight identical Silver Ghosts with landaulette coachwork were ordered for use at the Imperial Delhi Durbar.
    In Hyderabad
    Legend has it that Mir Osman Ali Khan, the VII Nizam of Hyderabad — famously named as the all-time richest Indian, and the 5th all-time wealthiest man to have ever lived — owned over 50 Rolls-Royce motor cars.
    What is certain is that just over 100 years ago, a priceless Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Throne car was delivered to the Nizam’s doorstep. Hyderabadis were thus able to celebrate the arrival of the first imported car into the city…..This elegant vintage car with its rich canary yellow body and gold mountings, lights and silver-finished roof still survives to this day.
    Also, in pre-war British India, the majority of coachwork for the Rolls-Royce chassis was supplied by specialist, coachbuilding firms.
    The Rolls-Royce chassis, with its inherent strength and rigidity enabled these coachbuilders to produce bodies that catered for many different tasks. Formal limousines, rakish tourers, shooting cars, transport for wives, for servants, even religious artefacts. Some designs were bold, some subdued and some garish, but all built with care and attention that gave a long life of service to be enjoyed by their owners.
    The Rolls-Royce sales department recorded a vast array of special silver and gold fittings, for delivery to ‘Indian’ cars. Purdah glass in the formal limousines, sirens, thermos flasks, Stephen Grebel hunting lamps, gun racks, ivory steering wheels and control knobs, were some of the special requests that Rolls-Royce and their coachbuilders were happy to comply with. Even a servant’s seat was occasionally fitted to the near side running board. The variety and choice of accessories was amazing and no trouble was spared in providing the customer with his every requirement.
    It was usual to finish the bonnet in polished aluminium to prevent the blistering Hyderabad heat from cracking the paintwork, with louvers often specified to assist the escape of engine heat. The finishing touches of flag staffs and emblazoned heraldry added to the individual character of the impressive appearance of the car. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the respect and enthusiasm for Rolls-Royce cars remained strong, the large 40/50hp cars being joined by the smaller 20hp of 1922 and its successors, ending with the Wraith of 1938.
    In 1931, Rolls-Royce bought Bentley Motors Ltd. The name of Bentley was appended to a smaller, faster, generally more sporting car than other Rolls-Royce models. It was a success with customers who wanted a more ‘personal’ vehicle to add to their garages.
    As the threat of World War II became a reality, the importation of cars ceased. Post-war India emerged into a different climate with Independence proclaimed in 1947. Sales of the new models made a good start, with the Gaekwar of Baroda ordering six Bentleys and the Maharaja of Mysore, acquiring nine Bentleys and eight Rolls-Royce Silver Wraiths. But times were changing, and the wealth of India was being redistributed.
    After the war, it was the captains of commerce and industry who would be the new owners of motor cars from Rolls-Royce. Now, rewards of perseverance, dedication, vision and sheer hard work are enabling the men and women of India to realise their intuitive appreciation for craftsmanship and design without compromise, in the ownership of a Rolls-Royce car.
    The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was the ideal luxury car for the India of nearly a century ago, and today’s Goodwood-built motor cars continue that enviable reputation for the India of today with bespoke cars. No expense has been spared and no compromise made to produce a car that both inspires and cossets its driver and passengers. The engine is virtually silent in operation, yet will accelerate the car faster than many sports cars.
    A Rolls-Royce motor car is literally for all seasons, both in terms of climate and driving usage. It is subjected to the famous “monsoon test” where high pressure water is sprayed and technicians inspect the car for moisture. The mantra: should one drop of water be found, the car is sent back to the assembly line.
    It is this sort of attention to detail which Rolls-Royce founder Sir Henry Royce was obsessed with, saying: “The quality remains, long after the price is forgotten.”
    Today’s India and the Asia Pacific
    Phantom, Ghost and now Wraith stand as automotive icons in the Indian car market. After an absence of 50 years, the ultra-luxury marque opened its first showroom in Mumbai (2005), followed by New Delhi (2008), and Hyderabad (2013).
    Now, with the birth of the official dealer ‘Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Hyderabad’, run by Kun Motoren Private Limited , the marque returns to a spiritual home for the world’s finest maker of luxury cars.
    Situated on the second floor of Kun’s facility in Hyderabad, the 5,400 sft, three-car showroom for Rolls-Royce boasts a carefully crafted bespoke lounge where customers are able to create intimate detailings of their Rolls-Royce motor car, just like customers in the past. Just like how the Rolls-Royce first arrived this grand city.
    This piece was exclusively written by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for the Deccan Chronicle
    source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> News> Current Affairs / DC / May 18th, 2013
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