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Eco-friendly Ganesha 24-Jul-2017
Eco-friendly Ganesha: environmentalists think innovative. With Ganesh Chaturthi a month away, environmental activists initiate steps to spread the green message. Making a difference in a meaningful way, Paryavarana Margadarsi Vaisakhi (PMV) plans to reach out to schoolchildren through a series of workshops and help them create their own models by adding seeds of medicinal plants in the clay moulds. At an awareness programme organised on Sunday, film actor and writer Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, who attended the programme as chief guest, pointed out that assorted leaves used for Ganesh puja were scarcely available these days. “During our childhood days, celebrating Ganesh festival was synonymous with eco-friendly models. In addition to this, we used to get all the 21 varieties of leaves (patri) offered to worship the elephant-headed God. However, with growing urbanisation, the count of medicinal plants is gradually dipping and we are left with no other choice but to make do with just a bunch of leaves available in the market during the festivities,” Mr. Rao lamented. Thoughtful move Terming the initiative of adding seeds to the clay moulds as a thoughtful move, Mr. Rao said that the authorities concerned, NGOs and environmental activists should team up to help drive home green messages. PMV founder-president S. Vijay Kumar said that the NGO was sensitising people on adopting green measures to put an end to environmental issues. “We have been receiving en...
 
Gajuwaka, a nightmare for motorists 24-Jul-2017
Traffic management in Visakhapatnam city is a challenge for the under-staffed police commissionerate, as every year over 60,000 new vehicles are hitting the roads. But bigger challenge that the police, especially the traffic police, face is managing the traffic in Gajuwaka area. There are a number of bottlenecks, accidents have been on the rise and none of the issues raised at various review meets have been addressed so far. It is absolutely nightmarish to drive from the Old Gajuwaka Junction to the New Gajuwaka Junction, during peak hours. To cover a distance of about 2 km it takes over 20 minutes. And the same is case with the Gajuwaka – Kaniti Road, said A. Agarwal, resident of Srinagar, Gajuwaka. Road width Road width is the major problem in the area. The roads in Gajuwaka area were widened around 15 years ago. But the number of vehicles has gone up 20 folds, said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic) K. Mahendra Patrudu. The main road connecting Old and New Gajuwaka is about 80 feet. It needs to be further widened by at least 20 feet on each side to ease the traffic, he said. About a decade ago, there were only a few commercial establishments, cinema halls, and educational institutions in Gajuwaka. But, now both Old Gajuwaka and New Gajuwka areas have emerged as commercial hubs that cater to a large neighbourhood. There are a number of problems faced by motorists. The first is the issue of parking. No commercial establishment provid...
 
AU set to adopt GIS-based mapping 24-Jul-2017
AU set to adopt GIS-based mapping for smart website. Visakhapatnam: In a first of its kind initiative in educational institutions of Andhra Pradesh, Andhra University has generated geographic information system-based maps of the university. The 2D-based GIS mapping, developed by the geo-engineering department of the varsity, aggregated digital photographic data and physical features of each building, drainage system, road network, speed-breakers, utility poles and other utilities of the varsity. With 120 buildings for academic, administrative and other support services, the university campus is spread over about 400 acres. Speaking to TOI, professor P Jagadeeswara Rao from the department of geo-engineering said that seed of the project was sowed nearly five months ago when the university hosted a two-day national workshop, "Recent Trends in GIS with Special Reference to Mobile GIS and Crowdsourcing" in February this year. "Several eminent personalities, including retired directors from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) attended the workshop and extended their technical knowledge to the participants on GIS system," said Rao. Rao added that retired GSI director Vundavalli Ravi Kumar motivated them to take up the GIS mapping project. "He trained AU students in the intricacies of GIS mapping and assisted the faculty of the department to specialise their knowledge in the domain. HTML coding was given to the GIS data to integrate it with the varsity's website. The data...
 
Smooth ride to Yarada from Dolphin 24-Jul-2017
Smooth ride to Yarada from Dolphin’s Nose a distant dream. VISAKHAPATNAM: The four kilometre long approach road between Dolphin's Nose to Yarada beach is in a bad condition. It is not only riddled with potholes but also lacks proper lighting. Moreover, it lacks proper side walls and garbage remains strewn on the street. The condition of the road worsens during the rainy season. In spite of complaints and road accidents like that one that took place in June this year, when an officer of the Indian Navy died and his colleagues sustained serious injuries, the road has not been repaired. The AP State Road Transport Corporation has also been avoiding using the road. It currently operates one bus on the road in a day. "It is the only route to go the Yarada beach. But the condition of the 4km-long approach road on the Dolphin's Nose is atrocious and nothing has been done about it in the last one decade," said P Shyam Chatterjee, a tourist from from Kolkata. Although the road is important to both tourists as well as to those residing in the residential quarters of the Indian Navy on the hill top, none of the concerned authorities such as the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) and AP Tourism department has shown any interest to develop the road. A senior tourism officials said, "We have been unable to extend better facilities to the tourists at the Yarada beach due to the lack of proper road connectivity. We could add new features at the beach front if the...
 
Low pressure likely to form over 24-Jul-2017
Low pressure likely to form over Bay of Bengal in next 24 hrs. VISAKHAPATNAM: A low pressure is likely to develop over north Bay of Bengal in next 24 hours. It will be the second low pressure system to form in the sea after a similar one developed due to depression over the same region last week. An official bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday stated that the low pressure would develop due to the presence of an upper air cyclonic circulation over the same area extending up to 7.6 km above mean sea level. This apart, a trough on sea level chart is also running from Odisha to south Tamil Nadu across coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema. Under the influence of the existing weather conditions, the IMD has given a forecast of light to moderate rain or thunder showers over a few places in coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next two days. Some places like Santhakaviti in Srikakulam district received light rainfall on Sunday. Santhakaviti received 9.5mm of rainfall from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm on Sunday. Madhurawada in Visakhapatnam city received less than 1 mm of rainfall. Cloudy weather conditions hovered over the city on Sunday. Tsundur in Guntur district received highest rainfall of 10 mm on Sunday.
 
Greens promote eco-friendly idols 24-Jul-2017
VISAKHAPATNAM: With the concept of eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi gaining popularity in the city, NGOs are coming forward to keep the age old tradition of using 'patri leaves' alive. After the 42-day campaign by Paryavarana Margadarsi Vaisakhi (PMV) to create awareness on the use of eco-friendly idols kick-started recently, people are being sensitised to use clay idols. "Each of the 21 types of patri seeds are used for worshipping Lord Ganesha. Apart from keeping the tradition alive, clay idols will help in reducing the pollution levels," said veteran film actor Gollapudi Maruthi Rao on Sunday. PMV secretary J Rajeswari said, "We have collected all varieties of native seeds and use them while making clay idols. These idols are kept in pots and they transform into plants on pouring a bucket of water." She also added that seeds of medicinal plants are also being inserted in the clay mould which can be reused for gardening purpose. Ganesh Patra-Patri Puja is an important puja which is done during Ganesh Chaturthi. Twenty-one types of leaves are used to worship Lord Ganesha during the festival. This puja is also called as 'Eka Vimshathi Patra' Puja. Chanting each name of the Lord, Ganesha is worshipped with each type of leaf.
 
NGOs to set up library for students 24-Jul-2017
NGOs to set up library for students of ZP High School. VISAKHAPATNAM: By collecting old story books, text books and educational magazines over the last few years, a couple of city-based NGOs are setting up a library room for students of a government ZP High School. The NGO Trendsetters Charitable Trust (TCT) had been collecting old books, clothes, toys and so on by putting up monthly collection points in various parts of the city. In the process, they have collected around 500 academic books, educational magazines, novels, children's story books, text books of different classes, art and craft books. "Since the last three years, we have been collecting old books, clothes and toys under our Wealth out of Waste (WOW) programme. We gave away the books, which are in Telugu and English language to a social welfare organisation Srujanavani, which have been organising various educative activities for children of rural schools on the outskirts of Vizag," said Vivek Rathod, president of TCT. There are some computer and law books, which are more suitable for college students who are taking up these courses. Accordingly, such books will be distributed to the needy rural students, said Rathod. Srujanavani members are now making the library room ready at SLVN Zilla Parishad Girls High School in Gopalapatnam. The students have no library in their school and neither have access to good text books or general knowledge books. Maruthi Prasad, organising secretary of Srujanava...
 
Riding horseback to treat tribal 22-Jul-2017
Riding horseback to treat tribal groups A village sees a doctor for the first time after Independencebr> A doctor has visited Halubedda village of Hukumpeta mandal in the Agency area of the district for the first time after Independence!br> “I am happy to be the first doctor to have been able to visit the village on horseback. I examined around 70 people and two tested positive for cerebral malaria, which can be fatal, if not treated in time,” B. Rama Rao, a retired DMHO, who went to the village told The Hindu on Friday. br> “We parked our vehicle about 4 km away and had to cross steep hill slopes and inclines and cross streams to reach the village. The organisers arranged horses for me and T. Kameswara Rao, State secretary of Praja Arogya Vedika. The horses were kept on the other side of the stream and I was lifted by youngsters as they crossed the stream,” Dr. Rama Rao said. A medical camp was organised jointly by the Girijana Sangham, Alluri Seetharama Raju Vignana kendram, Sarada Trust and Jana Vignana Vedika in association with medical representatives at Halubedda village on Friday as part of the free medical camps being conducted in the Agency from July 20 to 31. “I held on to the gunny sacks kept on the horseback tight to prevent myself from falling. Mr. Umamaheswara Rao, however, slipped and fell. Apart from the two malaria patients, there were a few other cases of diarrhoea and malnutrition. Only health assistant and ANM s visit the village in view...
 
Special police team to trace 22-Jul-2017
Special police team to trace job agent. VISAKHAPATNAM: With alleged torture of a city woman by her employer in Saudi Arabia coming to light, the Special Branch Police of Visakhapatnam has passed on the message to the Indian Embassy and Ministry of External Affairs. Having reportedly gathered the passport details of the woman, the police shared the information with the Embassy. According to additional deputy commissioner of police (Special Branch) PV Ravi Kumar said that by Thursday night, they had established contact with the External Affairs Ministry, which will in turn contacted the Embassy officials of Saudi. The Special Branch police have also traced her husband, from whom they came to know that through one named Vani and then with an agent from Hyderabad, the woman Praveena had gone to Saudi Arabia. “A special team has been sent to Hyderabad after our preliminary investigation hinted that the victim went to Saudi Arabia through a Hyderabad-based agent Vasi Reddy. We are making efforts to trace the woman soon,” he added. It may be recalled here that Pedagantyada-based Praveena had gone to Saudi for employment to support her family.
 
All India Fishermen conference 22-Jul-2017
All India Fishermen’s conference to be held in Vizag on July 22. Visakhapatnam: All India Fishermen’s Conference will be held at the Port Kalavani Stadium here on Sunday. Informing this to reporters here on Friday, president of South India unit of the National Fishermen’s Federation Revu Baburao said that Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyothi, State Minister Kollu Ravindra and top leaders of the fishermen community would attend the conference which would discuss various issues, including inclusion of the fishermen in ST list. The election of the office-bearers of the national body would be held on Saturday, he said.
 
 
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