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    September 30th, 2013adminSports
    Jyothi Surekha / The Hindu

    Jyothi Surekha / The Hindu

    ‘Once the management gets approval for operating the flights and complete other procedures, Air Costa will start flying the planes’

    After sealing her berth in the world youth archery championship at Wuxi in China, the city teenage archer Jyothi Surekha continued her dream run by topping the table and emerging winner at the National Ranking tournament at Aurangabad on Saturday.

    She will be part of the Indian team for both the senior world championship (Antalya, Turkey) and Asian championship at Chinese Taipei. Surekha, a first-year mechanical engineering student of Koneru Lakshmaiah University, garnered 23 points out of 32 points to emerge winner and closely following her was Trisha Deb with 22 points.

    “In the four National ranking tourneys held at Delhi, Hyderabad, Jharkahand and Aurangabad, Surekha tallied 88 points to emerge No.1 compound archer in the country,” says the archer’s father Surendra. Incidentally Surekha is world No. 36 compound archer.

    Surekha, a product of Volga Archery Academy, has been performing consistently in the national circuit and she is a regular member of the Indian women’s compound team. She could not participate in the World Stage I and 11 events at China and Turkey as she finished fifth in the ranking at Jamshedpur in April owing to lack of form. Later she regained her lost touch both in performance and in confidence.

    Surekha’s itinerary is packed with national camps and international tourneys and she will be in city for a week to undergo a series of tests with physiotherapist. “She (Surekha) badly needs rest for she has been moving around playing and training vigorously. She will leave for senior world championship at Antalya (Turkey) from September 29 to October 6 and later she will leave for Wuxi at China for the world youth championship from October 13 to 20.

    She will head for Chinese Taipei for the Asian archery championship from October 29 to November 2.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by J. R. Sridharan / Vijayawada – September 08th, 2013

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    September 29th, 2013adminBusiness & Economy

    Visakhapatnam :

    The Indian Navy seems to have finally decided to give Vizagites and people of Coastal Andhra the perfect New Year gift. Come January, the naval authorities have agreed to completely throw open the Vizag airport for 24/7 operations round the year. Currently, the Navy allows only 24/7 operations thrice a week and the airport is closed for late night flights on the remaining four days of the week.
    Making this announcement on the sidelines of a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) meet here on Wednesday, Union minister of state for commerce and industry D Purandeswari said it was confirmed to her by none other than Eastern Naval Command Flag officer commanding-in-chief vice admiral Anil Chopra.

    “The airport will be operational for five days a week from November 1, 2013, and all through the year from January first week next year. It is a good opportunity as it will not only facilitate trade, but also result in expanding the international outreach,” Purandeswari, who is also the sitting MP from Visakhapatnam, said.

    Vizag airport, which is under control of the Navy, is the only other international airport in the state after Hyderabad. While two direct international flights ferry passengers from the city to Dubai and Singapore, its growth has been hampered due to lack of round the clock operations.

    The opening up of the airport to full-fledged operations is expected to bring many more international and domestic carriers flying in. At present, various airlines operate 30 services (15 flights) daily to different domestic and international destinations from Visakhapatnam airport, which has a 10,000-ft long runway.

    Air Travellers Association of India president D Varada Reddy said the opening up of the airport for round the clock operations will immediately see passenger traffic rise by 10% as many more international and domestic flights will kick off, which is why the Indian Navy should allow 24/7/365 operations immediately instead of waiting for November 1 or January 1.

    “With the green signal from the Navy, we will get many more flights in the next six months. Vizag airport’s financial performance too has been encouraging,” said Visakhapatnam Air Travellers Association (VATA) representative P Vishnu Kumar Raju.

    “We will get more international flights thanks to this decision. Representatives of Thai Airways have already visited the Port City and are keen on running direct services to Bangkok, while Air Arabia authorities will also be visiting the city in October to explore the possibility of direct flights,” said Vizag Development Council representative O Naresh Kumar.

    While the revenues clocked by Vizag airport have doubled in the last four years from Rs 12.29 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 30 crore in 2012-13, the number of passengers flying into Vizag too has soared in the last decade, crossing the one million mark in 2012-13 as compared to 1.74 lakh in 2003-04. As per the statistics of the Airports Authority of India, the number of incoming and outgoing passengers has already flown past the 85,000 mark per month. Cargo handling too has witnessed a steep 70% increase from 668.94 tonnes in 2004-05 to 1786.58 tonnes in 2012-13.

    The move to step up 24/7 connectivity from November 1 will see Singaporean carrier Silk Airways add one more flight on Saturdays from November 4. Silk Airways currently operates direct flights thrice a week. Domestic carrier IndiGo is already set to start direct Hyderabad-Vizag-Mumbai and Mumbai-Vizag-Hyderabad flights from September 20, taking up the total number of arrivals and departures to 34 daily.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Visakhapatnam> Visakhapatnam Airport / by TNN / September 19th, 2013

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    September 29th, 2013adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    Nikhat Zareen

    Nikhat Zareen

    Nikhat Zareen wins silver in the World Youth Boxing Championship

    Nikhat Zareen represents the continuing “women force” from A.P. in the world of sports. This 17-year-old boxer from Nizamabad has won a silver in her maiden appearance in the World Youth Boxing Championship held in Bulgaria on Saturday night.

    Zareen’s splendid feat proved that sport is not only all about the likes of Sania, Saina, Sindhu, Humpy and Harika but also of lesser-known star performers from the State.

    This boxer has served a reminder that her gold in the 2011 Turkey World Junior Boxing Championship (flyweight) was no fluke as she came up with another splendid show in the ring to return – a silver after she lost narrowly in the bantam weight category final in the Women’s World Youth Boxing Meet in Bulgaria to Yunzi Yuan of China on Saturday.

    The Intermediate student from New Kakatiya College at Nizamabad took to the sport first with the intent to demonstrate that even girls could excel when she first visited SAAP Academy, and she owes her success story to her first coach and uncle Shamsamuddin.

    “Once I got the better of ex-junior world champion Viktoriya Virt of Ukraine, the confidence was up. The final was a close encounter and could have gone either way, but I am happy to have made it to the final in my maiden World Youth Meet,” she told Shamsamuddin after her bout over the phone.

    “The huge inspiration is, without doubt, Mary Kom who won the world title five times. This performance will boost my morale to aim big,” says Zareen, the only Indian finalist in the championship.

    Interestingly, the Indian team’s chief coach is I. Venkateshwar Rao – under whom Zareen and other Indian women boxers have been training in Vizag for almost two years now at the SAI Centre.

    “My goal is to qualify for the 2016 Olympics and win a medal for India. That is the biggest dream right now I am chasing,” signs off a confident Zareen.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by V. V. Subrahmanyam / Hyderabad – September 29th, 2013

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    September 28th, 2013adminEducation, Records, All, Science & Technology

    A student from Nalgonda district, Pagilla Balaraju, studying M.Pharmacy at G Pulla Reedy College of Pharmacy, Mehdipatnam, was chosen for the ‘Outstanding Student of the Year 2011-12’, which will be presented at the 64th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress on September 20.

    He has done research on drug screening and he also won the second prize at the national-level quiz contest organised by the Pharmaceutical Congress in 2012.

    Balaraju, studying PG in pharmacognosy and phytochemcistry, excelled in academics right from 10th class. He got the Pratibha award, along with a gold medal, for securing 90 percent in 10th class. Because of his merit, he had managed to secure a free seat in Intermediate. “Though I got a seat in MBBS, I could not join as I did not have money,” he said.  In PG first year, he stood university first by securing 83 percent marks.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Hyderabad / by Express News Service – Hyderabad / September 18th, 2013

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    September 28th, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Education
    A final-year student of School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada explaining her project details to external jury member Balbir Verma as part of thesis presentation on Thursday./  Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar / The Hindu

    A final-year student of School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada explaining her project details to external jury member Balbir Verma as part of thesis presentation on Thursday./ Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar / The Hindu

    SPAV students showcase their theses for external evaluation

    The subject of architecture is not about just designing buildings and model townships, it is about life and the way that you design and plan your life. This was the expression given out by Anirban Jyoti Baruah, a fifth year student from the School of Planning and Architecture-Vijayawada (SPAV), when he was asked how he felt about the subject.

    Anirban wanted to become a civil engineer after clearing his AIEEE but ventured into the realm of architecture and is now in love with the subject, as he believes that the subject is not only ancient but has a direct link to human lifestyle. All the 68 first batch students of the SPAV seem to share a similar view. The young architects, who would be passing out in next few days, showcased their theses at the campus for external evaluation here on Thursday. “It is our final project and the effort of our five-year study of B. Arch,” said Chunnu Kumar. Chunnu has conceptualised and produced a model to display a floating resort on the Arabian Sea. Explaining the project he said, “It is a floating resort which will be anchored in the middle of the sea and is designed to absorb the roll and pitch of the ocean.” Like Chunnu each of the 68 students has come up with their unique ideas. Anirban has modelled a mini Assam which he says can be replicated on a 50-acre site and can act as the cultural hub of the State.

    K. Dharanidharan has conceptualised a Transegrity- FIFA football stadium says that his design can be used to make the Salt Lake Stadium at Kolkata more people-friendly. Similarly Manjunath redesigned the old Jayanagar Market of Bangalore to make it more people-centric without losing any of its original character. “This is the first batch of this college and their effort is beyond my expectation. They have set high standards for their successors, who will be left with the daunting task to improve upon,” said Harimohan Pillai, a senior architect and a jury member. The other external jury comprised Balbir Verma, architect and member board of governors- SPAV, Sumit Ghosh, senior architect, and Jeysudhean, former chief architect of CPWD.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / May 24th, 2013

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    September 27th, 2013adminSports

    Plans to start Indian arena polo league (IAPL) in India from next year

    Suneendra Sports Club (SSC), a Hyderabad -based professional polo team, is in the process of setting up a private polo facility on the outskirts of the city with an investment of close to Rs 10 crore, according to its founder and captain Kanna Phaneendra.

    “The idea is to promote polo and arena polo (the shorter version of the traditional sport) on a large scale than what it is at present. We have already acquired 25 acre abutting the Outer Ring Road in close proximity to the international airport. The facility should be ready in one-and-a-half years from now,” he told Business Standard.

    Being set up in partnership with a luxury watch maker from Germany and a fashion brand in the UK, which are trying to set their foot in India, the proposed  facility will have a full ground (12 acre), a half ground (6 acre) and a floodlit arena polo ground (1 acre) to host matches, besides owning 15 horses to train youngsters in polo and equestrian sports like show jumping and dressage. He declined to name the two foreign companies citing non-disclosure clause in the agreement.

    While a majority of the polo grounds is under the management of the Indian Armed Forces, including the 61st cavalry mounted regiment’s ground in Jaipur,  AAC in Bangalore and the Bison Polo Ground in Secunderabad, SSC’s 1,000-seat capacity project will be the third private polo facility in the country. Navin Jindal’s Jindal Steel and Power polo team already has its own facility in Jaipur, while Sahara India’s Sahara Warriors is in the process of setting up one in Pune.

    Stating that the royal sport, played on horseback using long-handled mallets and a wooden ball, is slowly gaining popularity in the country, Phaneendra, son of state agriculture minister Kanna Lakshminarayana, said SSC was on the verge of starting an Indian arena polo league  (on the likes of Indian Premier League and  Indian Badminton League).

    “We are trying to put our efforts to convince the Indian Polo Association (IPA) on the same. We are hopeful of starting the arena polo league by next year. In the meanwhile, we are gearing up to organise the country’s first beach polo tournament in Goa in the next six months,” he said.

    SSC is also in talks with the Guards Polo Club, the official team of Queen Elizabeth for exchange of players. The talks are expected to be concluded in the next three months, Phaneendra said, adding SSC had also applied for a trademark called Golkonda Tigers.

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> Companies> News / by K Rajani Kanth, Hyderabad / September 18th, 2013

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    September 27th, 2013adminBusiness & Economy
    K.Sambhashiva Rao, Union Minister for Textiles, interacting with a weaver at handloom park at Kanumukula village in Nalgonda district on Monday. / Photo: Singam Venkataramana / The Hindu

    K.Sambhashiva Rao, Union Minister for Textiles, interacting with a weaver at handloom park at Kanumukula village in Nalgonda district on Monday. / Photo: Singam Venkataramana / The Hindu

    Union Textile Minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao has sanctioned Rs.15 crore for bringing production at Pochampally Handloom Park Limited (PHPL) to its full capacity very soon. Besides, the Union Minister also assured weavers of getting Rs. 15 crore from the State government for PHPL’s development.

    “I am going to meet Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday to apprise him about the need for sanctioning funds to PHPL,” Mr. Rao said.

    On Monday, the Union Minister along with senior officials of his ministry arrived at PHPL in Kanumukkala village near Pochampally mandal headquarters to understand issues in the Park where production started in November 2008. PHPL, set up under Scheme for Integrated Textiles Park, is equipped with infrastructure for 2,000 functional handlooms, but at present only 150 looms are functional because of funds shortage. At the time of setting up of the handloom park in the 26 acre land, the Union government had sanctioned 40 per cent ( Rs. 13.6 crore) of the amount and provided the remaining 60 per cent (Rs. 21 crore) of the amount through banks to 35 Weaver Entrepreneurs to complete the project. “Since then, the borrowed amount multiplied and increased to Rs. 39 crore as weavers failed to pay the interest, CEO of PHPL, H.K. Chari said. Mr. Rao held discussions with officials of his ministry and decided to sanction Rs. 15 crore for the revival of PHPL. The weavers also demanded that the Union Minister set up an Indian Institute of Handloom and Textile Technology at PHPL.

    NTC INVESTMENT

    The National Textiles Corporation will invest Rs. 464 crore in processing a spinning and weaving project in the State. The Union Textile Ministry has agreed to sanction proposals for 40 new projects under group approach and 15 under cluster approach.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Staff Reporter / Pochampally (Nalgonda) – September 17th, 2013

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    On September 15, continuing his official visit to India, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with Andhra Pradesh Governor Ekkadu S.L. Narasimhan and expressed Latvia’s interest in building cooperation with this developed region of India, reports LETA.

    Ekkadu S.L. Narasimhan and Edgars Rinkevics. Photo: flickr.com

    Ekkadu S.L. Narasimhan and Edgars Rinkevics. Photo: flickr.com

    The Foreign Ministry is planning to appoint a Latvian honorary consul in Hyderabad District. The Governor expressed support for Latvia’s cooperation initiatives and mentioned cooperation in the fields of energy, higher education, environmental protection and infrastructure development as offering excellent prospects.

    “We know about Latvia’s success in economy and state development. We are interested in Latvia’s experience in the production of renewable energy, especially in the use of wind and water energy,” Ekkadu S.L. Narasimhan indicated. “It is important to develop tourism and cultural contacts, so that we could learn more about Latvia, and you – about India and Hyderabad District,” the governor continued.

    Rinkevics informed the Indian side that Riga will be next year’s European Capital of Culture and invited representatives from Hyderabad to make use of this opportunity to introduce Latvia to India’s culture and art. University of Latvia Rector Marcis Auzins told the governor about the Hindi Language and Cultural Cooperation Center at the University of Latvia and plans for future cooperation with India’s universities.

    Cooperation in education, one of the central topics of the visit, will be continued during discussions between Rinkevics, Latvian university representatives and University of Hyderabad administration and staff. Latvian and Indian university staff shared opinions on the study and research process and agreed about the exchange of students and academic staff. To facilitate further contacts, a cooperation agreement between the University of Latvia and the University of Hyderabad will be drawn up and signed in the near future.

    In Hyderabad, the official delegation of Latvia and entrepreneurs had a meeting with representatives from the Andhra Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by Srinivas Ayyadevara. A great interest by the Indian business people present at the meeting was felt in possibilities for developing trade cooperation with Latvia and investing in this country. Rinkevics and Latvian business people answered questions about Latvia’s business environment, financial and tax policy and the adoption of the euro planned next year. The minister also gave interviews for the mass media, including the EENADU television company.

    Today, the delegation, headed by Rinkevics, will go to the State of Tamil Nadu, where meetings will be held with the governor and representatives from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. At the University of Madras, a cooperation agreement will be signed between the University of Madras and the University of Latvia and a lecture will be delivered to outline Latvia’s view on the European Union-India relations.

    Rinkevics’ stay in India will conclude with a visit to Delhi on September 18-20, when the Latvian foreign minister will be received by his counterpart, Indian External Affairs Minister Shri Salman Khurshid. Rinkevics will also meet with the country’s Indian Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari, Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal and deliver an address at the International Relations Institute of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

    source: http://www.baltic-course.com / The Baltic Course / Home> Education & Science / BC, Riga / September 17th, 2013

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    Miss.Nina Davuluri

    Vijayawada:

    City-based relatives of Nina Davuluri, who today became the first Indian-origin contestant to win the Miss America pageant, said the newly-crowned beauty queen had not forgotten her roots and still liked Indian films.

    “We are all very excited. I spoke to her briefly this evening. We are very happy,” Nina’s maternal aunt Sasibala told PTI.

    Nina’s father, Davuluri Dhana Koteswara Chowdary, a doctor by profession, settled in the USA in the late 1970s and his daughter had grown up there, Sasibala said.

    Sasibala said Nina visits India every summer and came to Vijayawada about a year-and-a-half back.

    Nina, who wooed the judges at the pageant with a Bollywood fusion dance, likes Indian films, said Sasibala, adding that the 24-year-old had learnt classical dance.

    Nina is fluent in Telugu and has not forgotten her roots, she added.

    Nina, who aspires to become a physician like her father, will earn at least USD 50,000 in scholarships.

    She was crowned Miss America during an event held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

    “I’m so happy this organisation has embraced diversity,” she said in her first press conference after winning the crown. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”

    Her pageant platform was “celebrating diversity through cultural competency” and Nina said she has had to dispel a lot of misconceptions about her culture through the years, such as whether her parents will arrange a marriage for her.

    Nina is the second consecutive Miss New York to win the Miss America crown, succeeding Mallory Hagan.

    source: http://www.indiatvnews.com / India TV / Home> TV / by PTI / September 17th, 2013

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    Hyderabad :

    Ganesh Chaturthi  celebrations in the city have gone hi-tech, with many pandals having their own virtual spaces on the internet to interact with participating devotees and build their ‘fan base’.

    One of the most popular Ganesh pandals, the Khairatabad Ganesh Utsava Samiti, has developed a dedicated online page which has already garnered 1,492 ‘friends’. Images of the 59 feet tall Ganesh idol in its various phases of decoration and videos of the celebration have been uploaded on social networking websites. In addition to their existing website ‘ganapathideva.org’, a social networking page also has details of puja timings and other events to be held during the 10-day celebrations.

    “Going virtual was a step to reach out to the tech savvy youth of today and encourage their participation. With details of puja timings, videos and images of celebrations, we have brought the festival to the homes of devotees who may not be able to physically come to the pandal,” said S Sudarshan, organizer of the Khairatabad Ganesh Utsava Samiti.

    Members of the Devi Nagar Youth Association have created a blog as well as a special online page called ‘Ganesh mandals in Hyderabad and Secunderabad’ as a platform for devotees. “Through social networking platforms, we have interacted with many people who come to the pandal and have suggestions on making the celebrations and arrangements better. We had many requests urging us to have an eco-friendly idol. We could not make it this year but will possibly attempt it the next year,” said Praveen Kumar Tenugu, member of the association.

    Similarly, the website of the Balapur Ganesh Utsava Samitee is loaded with information on the history of the celebrations, event schedule as well as audio and video clips. The Balapur utsav, held at Kanchanbagh, is known for its laddoo auctions, details of which are also updated on the website.

    Meanwhile, organizers of Ganesh pandals are also doing their bit for the society. Blood donation camps, distribution of books and clothes to orphanages and old age homes are some of the initiatives that have been taken up. “We had arranged for a day-long medical camp last year, especially for the under-privileged, which received encouraging response. This year too, therefore, we will be slotting one day of the festival to have free medical check-ups,” said Manoj Giri Goswami, secretary of Dashnam Goswami Mandal at Begum Bazaar.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Hyderabad> Ganesh Chaturthi / by Ananya Banerjee, TNN / September 12th, 2013

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