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    The shifting of the Andhra Pradesh administration to Amaravati crossed a major milestone on Monday with the opening of 14 departments in and around Vijayawada.

    The offices of Directors and Commissioners and more than 1,000 employees have shifted from Hyderabad.

    These are now located in Vijayawada and Guntur and a handful in Mangalagiri.

    The new offices wore a festive look, with Ministers and officials opening them formally to the chanting of mantras and playing of nagaswaram.

    Employees decorated their new offices with rangolis, and officials signed files with a smile. Staff already here welcomed their colleagues from Hyderabad with bouquets.

    The head offices inaugurated in Vijayawada on Monday include: Anti-Corruption Bureau, Beverages Corporation, Rural Water Supply, Stamps and Registration, Panchayat Raj, Archaeology and Museums, Economics and Statistics, Higher (Collegiate) Education, Prohibition and Excise, Tribal Welfare and Women’s Empowerment Corporation, Planning Board and Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh.

    SC Finance Corporation was inaugurated in Guntur.

    Officials enquired with the staff about the facilities being provided for the employees. Some officials were actively competing to meet the deadline set by the Chief Minister.

    The government initially set June 15 as the deadline for the shifting and later pushed it to June 27. As the search for rented buildings took longer than anticipated, the government has allowed the process to take place by August.

    Construction of the Interim Secretariat Complex (ISC) at Velagapudi in Guntur district gained pace after Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu wanted the government to fully function from there.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Rajulapudi Srinivas V. Raghavendra / Vijayawada – June 28th, 2016

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    The five gazebos that stand in the front yard of the Kalachakra museum have brought the much-need sheen to the place. —Photo: By Arrangement

    The five gazebos that stand in the front yard of the Kalachakra museum have brought the much-need sheen to the place. —Photo: By Arrangement

    Bodhi tree rehabilitated and large wall adorned with mural art

    A bodhi tree, sapling of which was planted by the Dalai Lama who visited Amaravati town in 2006 to open Kalachakra, was almost dead six months ago.

    “My first reaction was to dig a pit around the tree and water it. The area in front of the tree was being used for parking of vehicles with no respect for the place. The new project we designed was to close the place and develop a meditation area here. The tree has been rehabilitated and it looks very healthy, surrounded by eight granite pillars symbolising Ashtanga Margam, the eight-fold path in Buddhism,” said Amareswara Galla, Curator and International Heritage Advisor, Amaravati Ancient Town.

    The long-neglected Kalachakra museum, proposed to be renamed as Amaravati Heritage Centre and Museum, is bursting with life. A large carving of the Dharma Chakra has been installed in front of the bodhi tree. Five gazebos have been constructed in front of the tree using traditional pentals representing Buddha’s first sermon to his five disciples after he attained enlightenment. The large wall has been transformed with mural art and the whole area has been aesthetically designed.

    ‘Venuvanam’, which was formally inaugurated by MLA K. Sridhar on Saturday, was the cynosure of all eyes.

    International standards

    Monks in maroon robes offered prayers at the tree during the inaugural.

    The MLA said that though it was a small pilot project it had set the benchmark for international standards that would become the hallmark of the ancient Amaravati town.

    The once-sleepy town is buzzing with activity with Tourism and other officials are set on the task of reviving the old world charm of the place that attracted Buddhists in a big way.

    A heritage walk and a tourism circuit are among projects planned for this region.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / P. Sujatha Varma / Vijayawada – June 26th, 2016

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    Volvo cars at a showroom. —FILE PHOTO

    Volvo cars at a showroom. —FILE PHOTO

    Launch of hybrid car in India next month, says group Vice-President (Asia Pacific)

    Here is another landmark for Vijayawada, the base capital of Andhra Pradesh. Swedish luxury carmaker Volvo opened its biggest car showroom-cum-service centre on the outskirts of the city on Monday.

    The 26,000-sq. ft three-storey iconic building with Scandinavian ambience assumes significance as it was opened on the day when 15 government departments were shifted from Hyderabad to Vijayawada as part of the bifurcation exercise. The current growth and prospects in the region will work well for the company, according to Volvo officials.

    Speaking after launching the showroom here, Volvo Cars Group Vice-President, Asia Pacific, Jari Kohonen, said the company was doing extremely well in India and looking at 20 to 25 per cent growth in sales this fiscal. “While continuing the existing models, we plan to launch the hybrid plug-in car next month in India. We also have plans to display the XS 90 hybrid car in Vijayawada soon,” Mr. Jari said.

    Among the variety of Volvo models, luxury SUVs are the most-sought-after cars in India, according to Tom Von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India.

    “Luxury SUVs would largely help us in achieving our targets here. They are most popular,” said Mr. Tom. The company claims to have 20 per cent market share in the cars segment in the State.

    Prospective customers from Amaravati

    While the brand has good patronage, especially from customers in Visakhapatnam, Rajamahendravaram, Kakinada and other places, new enquiries are coming from Vijayawada and Amaravati, says Manoj Krishna, dealer principal, Volvo Vijayawada. “There is a lot of interest visible in Vijayawada and surrounds, especially from the Amaravati capital region where a lot of disposable incomes are seen. We are currently selling 100 cars per annum and we expect to double the number in the coming two years,” Mr. Manoj said.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – June 28th, 2016

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    Vijayawada  :

    ONCE the hub of Telugu film distribution, Vijayawada is soon to have a film school. Film director and advertising film maker A S Geeta Krishna’s International Film School is billed for inauguration in the last week of this month.

    It will be the first film institute in Vijayawada. Geeta Krishna runs such schools in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam.

    Speaking to mediapersons on Thursday, Geeta Krishna, a Nandi Award winnder for his directorial debut film Sankeerthana starring Nagarjuna and Ramya Krishna way back in 1986, said it has been his dream to start a film school in Vijayawada.

    “I was waiting for the right time and now with the administration shifting here, I felt this is the right time. This is my way of contributing to the development of Amaravati,” he said.

    The film maker, who is known for his experimental style, says the Vijayawada centre will grow to be the flagship of his operations while the Visakhapatnam operation will offer crash courses in different aspects of film making.

    Geeta Krishna has identified three or four locations for his institute. But at the outset it will function from a rented premises. “Once the state government provides us land, which we have requested, we will construct our own building, which will be stylish and iconic,” he said.

    The film-maker is looking for some 1000 sq yards of land for the project, which will probably cost around `5 crore. The film school will offer different course modules of varying duration: 45 days, four months, six months and one year. “We are looking for students who are passionate about filmmaking and we will mould them into filmmakers and technicians. Already around 15 aspiring film makers have approached us for training and we are also conducting workshops at universities and colleges,” he said.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Express News Service / June 24th, 2016

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    Symbol of neglect:A view of the building that was constructed by Yerramilli Ramanatham. —Photo: B.V.S. Bhaskar

    Symbol of neglect:A view of the building that was constructed by Yerramilli Ramanatham. —Photo: B.V.S. Bhaskar

    Greats such as Gandhi and Kanchi Paramacharya had stayed there for a while

    Sri Yerramilli Ramanatham building, which had virtually become a second home for freedom fighters during the struggle for independence, is on the verge of collapse. The building has become an outlet for drainage water of an adjacent building housing a bank. With people relieving themselves, it presents a revolting sight.

    Yerrammili Ramanatham, a follower of the Mahatma, had constructed the building with the intention of providing free meal to freedom fighters. When Gandhiji visited Tanuku on April 27, 1929, during a campaign to boycott foreign clothes and wear khadi ones only, Ramanatham urged him to stay in the building to which the latter readily agreed. During his visit, Gandhiji formally launched the common meal initiative. “The Mahatma again visited the building on December 26, 1933, and asked us to launch the Harijan movement,” said Konda Venkatappaiah, also a freedom fighter, in one of his books. Ramanatham, who was given the title of “karmayogi,” got an opportunity to provide accommodation to the Kanchi Paramacharya in 1938. The seer stayed for three days in the building with his entire “parivaram” and other paraphernalia, a devotee said.

    Freedom fighters from the Godavari districts and north Andhra, including Konda Venkatappaiah, Mangipudi Purushothama Sarma, Mudiganti Jagganna Sastry, Bandha Viyyanna, and Sanivarapu Subbarao, would regularly meet in the building and discuss strategies.

    But unfortunately, after the country gained Independence, the sacrifices made by Ramanatham and his family were forgotten.

    “Ramanatham’s son Narasimha Rao, a Sarvodaya worker, was asked to write a book on Alluri Seetharama Raju’s life and his wife Parameswari also undertook some research,” said Vadrevu Sundarrao, a lecturer at the SCIM Government Degree College here.

    He said it was unfortunate that successive governments had neglected such a great building.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / B.V.S. Bhaskar / Tanaku (West Godavari) – June 24th, 2016

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