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    April 30th, 2016adminLeaders, Records, All, Science & Technology

    Telemedicine facility is ready with Apollo Hospitals which is ready to put it in operation once the State Government sanctions it permission to construct a hospital in the Vijayawada-Amaravati area, said chairman of Apollo Hospitals Prathap C. Reddy.

    “With Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu all set to provide bandwidth to homes, telemedicine connectivity is possible and people can be in constant touch with medical experts. We are ready and waiting for the nod from [the] Government on the site for hospital,” Dr. Reddy told The Hindu on Friday. The plan is to establish a 300-bed super speciality hospital with an investment of around Rs. 200 crore.

    Apollo Hospitals have made the best use of IT and is the first to introduce telemedicine in the world, in 2003. Its hospitals are connected to 200 TV stations in 35 countries.

    On the Government’s plan to engage specialists of corporate hospitals to perform surgeries at its hospitals on payment, Dr. Reddy said the specialists and hospitals were ready but the doctors would like the Government hospitals to follow the process and protocol of surgeries and treatment.

    He said more cancer hospitals were needed as the disease was spreading. Holistic treatment is also needed since a cancer patient will be having other health problems. While 2000 high end radiation machines are needed in the country, only 200 are available, he noted. Seven out of the 60 hospitals of Apollo are having true beam cancer treatment equipment and nine more would be provided the equipment in two years. The Chennai hospital has Asia’s first Proton equipment, which costs Rs. 350 crore.

    He has adopted 115 villages in his native mandal in Chittoor district and is taking care of health of their 69,000 inhabitants in all respects, Dr. Reddy said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / G. Narasimha Rao / Visakhapatnam – April 30th, 2016

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    April 30th, 2016adminUncategorized
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    Vellore :

    Sevakula Vamshi, a student of Sri Chaitanya Junior College, Andhra Pradesh has secured the first rank in the VIT Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE)-2016 which was held from April 6 to 17 in 118 selected cities across India, as well as Dubai, Kuwait and Muscat. The entrance exam was held for admission to the various B.Tech programmes offered by VIT University at its Vellore and Chennai campuses.

    Releasing the results here on Thursday, VIT chancellor G Viswanathan said that a record 2,12,238 candidates had registered for the VITEEE-2016. The other rank-holders among the top 10 are 2nd rank: Mohil Patel (St Anns School, Gujarat), 3rd rank: Satyajit Ghosh (DAV Public School, Delhi), 4th rank: Jeevan Chandra N (Sri Chaitanya Narayana Junior College, Karnataka), 5th rank: Shubanker Jauhari (Sri Chaitanya Narayana Junior College, Telangana), 6th rank: Sanit Gupta (Navrachana Higher Secondary School, Sama, Jammu & Kashmir), 7th rank: Kumaresh Ramesh (Pace Junior Science College, Thane), 8th rank: Sai Saketh Aluru (FITJEE Junior College, Telangana), 9th rank: Vishal Jain S D (Jain Modern School, Gujarat) and 10th rank: Charit Verma (Bal Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh).


    Viswanathan said that admissions would be only on merit, based on the marks obtained by the candidates in the VITEEE. The results have been released through the following websites:,,,,

    Counselling for candidates, who obtained ranks up to 8,000 would be held on May 9 and counselling for ranks 8001 to 12,000 would be held on May 10 while for those who secured ranks from 12,001 to 16,000 will be held on May 11. Counselling for ranks 16,001 to 20,000 will be held on May 12. The counselling would be held simultaneously in the Vellore and Chennai campuses.

    Under the G V School Development Programme Central and State board toppers would be given 100 percent fee waiver for all the four years. Candidates with ranks up to 10,000 would be given a tuition fee waiver of Rs 50,000 for all four years, while rank-holders from 10,001 to 20,000 would be given a fee waiver of Rs 25,000 for all the four years.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Tamil Nadu / by Express News Service / April 29th, 2016

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    April 29th, 2016adminSports

    Visakhapatnam :

    It’s just a little more than a year that 14-year-old city boy Tarang Nagar started taking cycling seriously as a sport and participated in road and mountain biking. But he kept winning laurels in almost every attempt in all terrains.

    Tarang’s latest achievement is securing the first position in the student category in mountain terrain biking (MTB) event held in Nainital between April 21 and 23. He was also the youngest cyclist who successfully completed the Shimla MTB held in mid-April.

    Speaking about the events, the class X student of a city school said, “At Nainital, I completed (85 + 35 kilometres) in nine hours, while for Shimla MTB, I covered 36+38 kilometres in six-and-a-half hours. In MTB Nainital, where I stood first, there were only 12 finishers out of 35 and in MTB Shimla, where there were 115 participants including 16 in student category, I was the youngest rider and finished fifth.”

    Apart from mountain biking, Tarang has also been a regular participant in the BRMs held in AP from time to time. BRMs are rides of fixed distances meant to be completed within specified time limits. These are considered a gateway to qualifying in international cycling events or Randonneurs. Between October 2015 and February 2016, Tarang has participated and successfully completed BRMs of 200, 300 and 600 kilometres.

    “Though I like both types of cycling (mountain biking and road biking) for the fun and thrill that they offer, mountain biking is even more challenging than road riding. The long distance BRMs test your endurance, while mountain terrain biking is all about power cycling,” quipped Tarang.

    Son of navy officer Commander Animesh Nagar, Tarang is also a good swimmer and has qualified to compete in state level competitions, which will be held soon. “I’m also looking forward to MTB Himalayas – a week-long racing event in September – where I would be cycling from Shimla to Leh,” Tarang averred.

    source: / The New Indian Express / News Home> City> Visakhapatnam / Sulogna Mehta / TNN / April 27th, 2016

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    April 26th, 2016adminUncategorized
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    Soda bottles manufactured in 1907 being showcased with early 20th century radio or television sets or wooden palkis (yesteryear’s mode of transport) on display with the model of a modern five-star hotel, violins with pocket watches and colonial era typewriters would surely confuse anyone who visits the heritage blocks of the Visakha Museum.

    That’s not all. A life-sized statue of Sachin Tendulkar is being kept with models of tribal people, while modern portraits are kept with paintings of maharajas. Over 90% of artefacts and paintings in the museum are kept in a haphazard way without any proper legends or display boards mentioning the dates, description of the item, era or historical significance. As a result, visitors to the museum are clueless about the origin of any of the items.

    Moreover, huge portraits of the royalty (again unidentified maharajas) are in a bad shape and almost non-decipherable.In the armoury section, a teenager was found asking his father about the guns, swords, spears and armours, but the parent had no answer about their history or chronology.

    Nafisa Khatoon, a tourist from Kolkata, remarked, “The museum has such an awesome collection of artefacts spanning at least 10-12 centuries. But the display is so haphazard. I don’t understand the logic behind putting war helmets next to imported crockery, a Chinese or Japanese pagoda with astronomical instruments or models of industrial cranes in the same showcase as that of three autographed cricket bats.”

    Pointing to the portraits of maharajas, another visitor Asmita Khanduri said, “It’s sad to see there’s no conservation at all. One can directly touch the portraits or paint as there’s no protective lamination or covering on them. I have been to the Baroda Museum and every artefact there is so beautifully arranged and identified as well as conserved.”

    Even though the maritime block of the museum on the ground floor is well-maintained and the models of ships, submarines or aircraft have been identified with detailed maritime history, the generator is non-functional for the last three months and visitors have to go back in case of a power cut.

    A visitor from Hyderabad, Suresh Jain complained, “I came with my family especially to view the maritime section as my children are interested in defence-related subjects. But there was a power cut when we were about to enter and were asked to go back or wait till power is restored. We came to know their generator is not working. The souvenir shop of the museum was also closed.”

    When asked, museum curator MNA Patrudu conceded that conservation is urgently required, but dearth of funds is the main hindering factor. But quite naturally, civic issues and not the museum is in the priority list of the GVMC. “We require at least Rs 50 lakh for conservation of the paintings and artefacts. We have contacted the conservation unit of Intach (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage), Bhubaneswar, who are to do the restoration works. We have also sent the proposal to the government regarding this and the file is under process. We are trying to tap funding from GVMC and other sources.”

    As for maintaining display boards and legends, the curator said the process is on and a fortnight may be needed to get them ready. “We need proper research and professional help for the authentic details. Some of the donors are not alive and their families may not have the required information. We are doing our best to get the boards in the heritage block ready. The generator is also non-functional for the last three months. Files keep moving slowly in government setups. However, if funds arrive, conservation of paintings and artefacts will be done followed by installation of a lift and CCTV cameras,” Patrudu added.

    source: http:/ The Times of India /News Home> Visakhapatnam / Sulogna Mehta / TNN / April 19th, 2016

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    Yamini Krishnamurti Photo V.V. Krishnan

    Yamini Krishnamurti Photo V.V. Krishnan

    Padma Vibhushan Yamini Krishnamurti says that she is planning a production that speaks through rhythm alone.

    In an era that lacks icons there is often enough a marked debate around the conferment of the Padma awards, by which the Government of India recognises the achievements of eminent civilians in any field. But Yamini Krishnamurti is a rare icon in this world. So the great classical dancer being conferred with the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian honour, can hardly give rise to a dissenting opinion.

    Yamini Krishnamurti receiving the award from President Pranab Mukherjee. Photo Sandeep Saxena

    Yamini Krishnamurti receiving the award from President Pranab Mukherjee. Photo Sandeep Saxena

    She received the award, announced in January, from the President this week. Yamini exemplifies a person immersed in the practice, development and contemplation of her art. Such immersion leaves scant room for pretence. Art may be described as an imitation or a reflection of life, but at the heart of true replication is an unquenchable, childlike honesty. Thus her joy at being named among the Padma Vibhushan recipients of the country is palpable.

    “Bharatastu yashovaham,” she quotes in Sanskrit, “The glory of Bharat (India) is our culture.” The veteran explains, “It was said, when talented people are recognised the country will prosper.”

    Talented artists have been many over the decades since independence. What marks out Yamini as a unique performer is that she made each dance form she essayed her personal expression. In the process she gained mastery over Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi. She was considered not merely a brilliant performer of Bharatanatyam, but also largely responsible for putting Kuchipudi on the world map.

    Yamini has performed through the decades across the continents. Her combination of dancing energy and mythological richness has won her admirers everywhere. She was a young, fiery dancer in the early decades after independence, when India’s educated elite took pride in rediscovering the country’s indigenous traditions, philosophies and arts.

    It was back in 1960 that she performed in Pakistan. The decade also saw her tour Afghanistan and Iran. Why these countries come especially to mind in today’s polluted climate is that the classical arts are often sought to be hemmed into a closed definition circumscribed by fundamentalist views.

    On what is the place of classical dance in such a scenario, the maestro emphasises, “The dance has nothing to do with religion. Beauty is the most powerful thing for all human beings. Other things are not essential.” She continues, “This is my religion. When I see a beautiful tree, a beautiful lady, I go gaga! Beauty is the most essential thing.”

    It is the opportunity to create and contemplate beauty that makes her particularly happy to teach dance. “I am making a lot of youngsters dance,” she notes, describing the joy of seeing that “a person who doesn’t even know how to walk, walks out beautifully like a swan.”

    Apart from the precision of her postures, the heady speed of her compositions and the variety of themes she presented, learning from her gurus and guided by the intellectual inputs of her father Krishnamurti, she is known for her brilliance in grasping the mathematics of rhythm.

    Today the unparalleled dancer takes the stage relatively seldom. However, she remains in her cosmos of light and rhythm through classes and workshops.

    The nature of a performing career makes it understandable if not palatable that even the greatest of artists are easily ignored once they leave centre stage. Not so for this veteran. “I see this recognition as essential for further creative inspiration of art. So I am very thankful I got this award, and it gives me great pleasure to continue my work,” she says.

    If life depends on breathing, says Yamini that is the quintessential rhythm. Thus, on her plans, she says, she looks forward to creating a production that speaks through rhythm alone. “That’s my inspiration,” she says. “I’m waiting for that.”

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> Friday Review / Anjana Rajan / March 31st 2016

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    File photo of the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington. / Reuters

    File photo of the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington.
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    Legendary diamonds mined by the Qutub Shahis are on display in Washington, Paris and Moscow.

    It is not just Kohinoor; nine other famous diamonds left the shores of India and these are now displayed in museums in Washington, Moscow, Paris and Istanbul, besides forming a part of the Iranian crown jewels.

    The precious nine, all categorised as legendary diamonds and mined by the Qutub Shahis of the Deccan, are the Hope Diamond, Hortensia, Darya-i-Noor, Noor-ul-Ain, Orlov (also called Orlof), Regent, Sancy, Shah Diamond and Spoonmaker’s, says V. Madhavan, who worked as a Professor of Geology in the Kakatiya University.

    While the 45.5 carat Hope diamond is currently on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, the 190 carat Orlov diamond, a bluish-green gem, is now part of Moscow’s Diamond Treasury.

    On the other hand, the 140.6 carat Regent, 55.2 carat Sancy and 20 carat Hortensia are now at the Louvre museum in Paris.

    Two pink diamonds, the 182 carat Darya-i-Noor and 60 carat Noor-ul-Ain are part of the Iranian crown jewels while the 88.7 carat Shah Diamond and 86 carat Spoonmaker’s are housed in the Diamond Fund of the Kremlin and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul respectively.

    Origins a mystery

    Prof. Madhavan, who has studied diamond mining for nearly six decades, says that by all historical accounts, the Kohinoor was mined by the Kakatiyas when Rani Rudrama Devi headed the kingdom, its headquarters in present day Warangal.

    Kohinoor’s exact vintage, right from its discovery, continues to be a mystery. However, “There is a general consensus among historians that it was found at Kolluru in the late 13th century in present day Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh,” he said adding that Kolluru was part of the Kakatiya kingdom.

    Former Professor of History at the University of Hyderabad, V. Ramakrishna, said the Manual of “Kistna District in the Presidency of Madras”, written by Gordon Mackenzie and published in 1883, also indicated that the Kohinoor was found in Kolluru, then part of Krishna district.

    Pages 244-247 refer to diamond mining in the district in general and the Kohinoor in particular. The manual however, says that the gem was mined by Qutub Shahis and not the Kakatiyas.

    Another book, A Study of the History and Culture of Andhras, by noted historian K. Satyanarayana and published in 1982, also speaks of the Kohinoor being found in Kolluru.

    According to Prof. Madhavan, India was the only producer of diamonds in the world till 1725 AD when they were mined in Brazil. Later in 1870, diamonds were explored in South Africa. Marco Polo, who visited India in the 13th century, talks in his travelogue of an inland kingdom ruled by a queen (Rudrama Devi)… “which produced all the diamonds in the world”.

    At the time of its discovery, the Kohinoor was the largest diamond in the world. But no longer. In 1905, workmen at the Premier Mines in South Africa unearthed the 3106 carats (621 grams) Cullinan diamond, which remains the largest so far. It was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, the founder of Premier Mines.

    The original weight of Kohinoor was stated to be 793 carats (158.6 gm). In the 17th Century, emperor Aurangazeb wanted to reduce its size to add to its lustre.

    He tasked Horenso Borgia, a Venetian lapidary with the job, but he cut the diamond down to just 186 carats and invited a heavy fine.

    At present, the weight of Kohinoor, meaning mountain of light, is 105.6 carats.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / Prashanth Chintala / Hyderabad – April 23rd, 2016

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    Varanasi Roshini

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    Vizianagaram :

    Collector MM Naik congratulated the state topper of Intermediate examinations Varanasi Roshini, who scored 992 out of 1,000.

    Roshini, a native of Vizianagaram district, met Naik on Thursday.

    On the occasion, the collector suggested to her to pursue further studies with an action plan.

    Roshini’s parents and principal of Narayana College, where she studied, P Sridhar accompanied her.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Express News Service / April 22nd, 2016

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