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Swimming Contest Draws Good Respons 20-Feb-2017
Over 160 children participate in the inaugural event of ViSJA. The inaugural edition of swimming competition organised by Vizag Sports Journalists Association (ViSJA) in association with Visakhapatnam District Swimming Association at Aqua Sport Complex in Vizag city was a resounding success with over 160 children (under-12 and under-14 boys and girls), participating in it here on Sunday. The competition was inaugurated by president of The Olympic Association, Visakhapatnam (OAV), T.S.R. Prasad.
 
2 City Girls Sizzle At Miss India 18-Feb-2017
11 vie for top three spots at State-level auditions of Miss India 2017 contest. There was glamour, excitement and a show of confidence and poise as 11 contestants from different parts of Andhra Pradesh contested for the top three spots of the State level audition rounds of the 54th edition of Miss India 2017 held for the first time in the city on Friday. Of the 11 three contestants were selected who would be representing AP in the south zonal rounds of the Miss India beauty contest to be held in Bangalore on March 5.
 
Alka Yagnik Show 17-Feb-2017
3 budding singers to share stage. The Nightingale of Bollywood Alka Yagnik will be performing in the city on Saturday at the AU Convocation Hall for a fund-raising show under Rohit Memorial Trust’s Gyan Lakshmi Project. Three young budding singers from the city will get a chance to share the stage with her and showcase their musical talent on the occasion. V. Akhila, J.V. Srividya and Anuhya Vinjamuri the top three winners of the ‘Voice of Vizag’ competition held to encourage local talent will be performing with the Bollywood singer. Addressing the media here on Thursday G. Anantram trust chairman said the three winners were selected from 212 contestants. Apart from getting a chance to perform with Alka Yagnik the top three winners will be given a cash prize of 10,000, 7,500 and 5,000. This apart in May the 20 semifinalists will perform for a show on the best of A.R. Rahman he said. The proceeds from the show will go towards the ‘Gyan Lakshmi Project’ which works for cancer survivors and women’s health issues, particularly in rural areas.
 
VSP As a Film Hub Yet To Take Wing 16-Feb-2017
Government inaction, lack of well-quipped studios and humid weather blamed. The long undulation coast line offering myriad virgin locations world naturally form the backdrop of reel-life tales that a film-maker would like to narrate. Considering the scenic sports such as the golden beaches, Buddhist sites, Yerramatti Dibbalu, Araku-Valley, Lammasingi, the largest steel plant and Dolphin's Nose, one would think that the City of destiny has a palette of ideal locales for a cinematographer to put his camera to good us. However, the proposal to develop the port city into a film hub continues to gather dust. Lack of adequate studios along with completely equipped pre-production and post-production units is the primary reason why the long pending proposal has failed to make a headway.
 
Mega Job Fair On February 18 15-Feb-2017
A mega job fair is being organised by the AP Electronics and IT Agency (APEITA) autonomous society of the Government of AP in association with Information Technology Association of AP (ITAAP), an association of all IT and ITES companies of AP, in the city on Feb. 18. The objective of the fair to be held at the Indo-German Institute of Advanced Technology (IGIAT) is to recruit over 300 candidates for vacancies in the IT and ITES sector in Visakhapatnam. In all 14 companies operating in the city are expected to participate in the fair and offer 32 types of jobs. The job fair open to graduates in any discipline, would be extended by a day, if necessary, ITAAP president Ravi Eswarapu and secretary K. Sreedhar told the media here on Tuesday.
 
Millennium Tower to Be Ready By Sep 15-Feb-2017
VISAKHAPATNAM: Cyclone-resistant Internet of Things-enabled Millennium Tower, work on which is progressing at a brisk place at the sea-facing Rushikonda hills, will become an iconic superstructure and showcase Visakhapatnam as the IT capital of Navya Andhra Pradesh. Being executed by the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) and funded by the Information and Communication Technology Department of Andhra Pradesh the construction of the building will be completed by September.
 
Lacklustre end to National Women’s 13-Feb-2017
The high-profile meet fails to adopt much-awaited Amaravati Declaration The three-day National Women’s Parliament (NWP) ended here on a lacklustre note, with the meet postponing the adoption of the much-hyped Amaravati Declaration. The NWP did not present the widely publicised International Woman Icon and 12 best ‘young achievers’ awards either. Worse, thousands of girl students who participated in the three-day event were not given even the Certificate of Participation. This left them utterly disappointed on the concluding day of the conclave on Sunday. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, referring to the Amaravati Delcaration, said: “The State government entered into an MoU with U.N. Women. They will compile and process the proceedings and discussions. They will submit a report in three months.” At the valedictory, an official read out a cursory list of the issues that had come up for discussion. They included age of marriage for women, nutrition and malnutrition-related problems, poor sanitation in schools, social development, equal access to resources and digital literacy. There was a not word from the organisers on the ‘young achievers’ awards and the International Woman Icon. Neither the Chief Minister nor Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, who is Chairman of the conclave, touched the topic. Chaotic scenes were witnessed outside the main venue at the Pavitra Sangamam where the event was organised, as participants jostled with one another to get...
 
Sasikala presents legislators 13-Feb-2017
AIADMK interim general secretary V.K. Sasikala on Sunday denied that party MLAs were being held captive at a resort on the East Coast Road to prevent them from joining the faction of Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam. Presenting the MLAs, allegedly confined at the Golden Bay Resorts in Koovathur since Tuesday night, before the media, Ms. Sasikala declared that they were all by her side of their free will. “You see for yourself how independent they (the AIADMK MLAs) are and talk freely and are sincere that there should not be any disrepute to the government,” Ms. Sasikala told journalists, who were allowed inside the resort for the first time since Tuesday. The AIADMK leader earlier held a meeting with the party MLAs at the resort. When asked how many MLAs were with her, Ms Sasikala evaded a direct reply. She said, “You can count for yourself.” [While separately addressing her legislators, she repeatedly claimed 129 of them were present.] When asked how long the MLAs would remain at the resort, Ms Sasikala angrily asked the reporter, “Which paper are you from?” and went on to say, “So you have some information (about government formation) in advance?” Earlier on Sunday, five Lok Sabha members and one Rajya Sabha member joined Mr. Panneerselvam’s faction, taking the number of MPs to 10. The Lok Sabha MPs who switched camps were B. Senguttuvan (Vellore), J. Jayasingh Thiyagaraj Natterjee (Thoothukudi), R.P. Marutharajaa (Perambalur), S. Rajendran (Villupuram)...
 
AU explores avenues for students 13-Feb-2017
VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra University College of Engineering organized a one-day workshop on "Training and Placement as Commissioned Officers in Defence Services" on Saturday. Vice-chancellor professor G Nageswara Rao was the chief guest and professor PS Avadhani, principal of AUCE, presided over the function. Group Captain (Retired) Allam Prabhakar of Indian Air force and Captain (Retired) JP Pattanayak of Indian Navy attended the workshop. Around 200 students of final-year engineering courses attended the works AUCE will organise a one-day round table conference on Andhra University-Defense Joint Education & Research Programme on February 14 at 10 am. "The objective of the workshop is to explore the joint avenues and prepare a road map for collaboration of Andhra University and the defense sector in the aspects of education and research," said Avadhani. Flag officers and senior officers of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and MES along with scientists of DRDO will participate in the conference.
 
Industry demands separate rlwy zone 13-Feb-2017
VISAKHAPATNAM: Even as the Indian Railways recently made an announcement on developing certain railway stations with private partnership, the Vizagapatam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) has urged chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to take up the issue of formation of a new Waltair zone, which has been a long-pending demand of the region, with the central government. In a letter, VCCI president AV Monish Row said, "An invitation document has been published by East Coast Railway (ECoR), Bhubaneswar, to develop Visakhapatnam railway station to international standards on the Swiss-challenge method. The invitation also offers Vizag railway land for development along with the railway station. The East Coast Railway has also offered Vizianagaram and Srikakulam railway stations and land in those towns for development." He said, "These huge development projects cannot and must not be allowed to come under the present zonal system and should necessarily be under the supervision of the Waltair zone which has already been promised not just under the AP Reorganisation Act but also by various leaders at different times." Elaborating on the issue, Row said, "Moreover, if these type of railway projects come under a Waltair zone, the entire eco system of a smart city, Sagarmala, PCPIR, Coastal Economic Zone, logistics hub, various MOUs and other such proposals can all be synchronised and investors will show enthusiasm in this region, ultimately creating more jobs for locals."
 
 
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