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Research busts myth of tribals 24-Apr-2017
Research busts myth of tribals’ mental health. Visakhapatnam: Contrary to the usual belief that the tribal population lives a more or less stress-free life and are immune to psychiatric illnesses, a recent study supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and undertaken by Andhra University (AU) found prevalence of somatic symptoms, psychological and physical ailments and low quality of life among the tribals in the Araku Valley of Vizag district. In AP, there are around 32 lakh tribals. In Araku MP constituency, there are almost 1.5 lakh tribal population. Several developmental projects undertaken in and around their localities have created lots of problems for the tribals and they are experiencing stress of high magnitude due to land alienation, destruction of forests, onslaught of market economy, influx of non-tribals in their region, discrimination, neglect, exploitation, problems of rehabilitation and unemployment. They are highly vulnerable to diseases with high degree of malnutrition, poor hygiene, tobacco and alcohol consumption, morbidity and mortality, the study said. When untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school dropout, college failure, family conflicts, work-related conflicts, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, violence and even suicide. Titled 'Prevalence of somatic symptoms, mental health and quality of life of tribes in Araku Valley: Development of culturally relevant psychological intervention,' this two-year long ...
 
High ticket prices 24-Apr-2017
High ticket prices, bad timings leave Araku vistadome coach 50% empty. Visakhapatnam: Many tourists are not availing the train with vistadome coach from Araku to Vizag due to high ticket prices and unfavourable timings. Railway officials said tourists are not willing to pay Rs 665 per head for one journey and are also upset that there are no concessions for children. Moreover, the trains scheduled daily departure back to Vizag from Araku is 4.10pm and arrival at the port city is 8.30 pm. However, passengers complained that the return journey gets delayed regularly because of which the train leaves Araku much after sunset and leaves no room for them to enjoy the view before reaching Vizag. "I booked tickets for both the journeys as I wanted to enjoy the morning and afternoon views of the valley. While I enjoyed the journey in the glass-domed coach from Vizaag to Araku and could get a good glimpse of the valleys, trees, animals, birds and tunnels. The return direction was a flop show. It was dark outside and I had nothing to do except rest," KS Mahapatro, a State Bank of India employee from Kolkata who opted for the vistadome coach to travel to and from Araku," told TOI. "The railway management should change the timings of the train. Otherwise, there is no point in paying so much money to ride in the special coach," said Meenakshi, Patro's wife. JVV Satyanarayana Murthy, convener of Visakha Railway Zone Sadhana Samiti, said, "The railway authorities should introduc...
 
Crowd cheers as Happy Streets 24-Apr-2017
Crowd cheers as Happy Streets returns after a break. Visakhapatnam: Resuming after a break of a few weeks, Happy Streets witnessed participation of a large number of Vizagites on a bright Sunday morning. Excitement returned to the streets as Vizagites enjoyed various activities without interruption of vehicles on Beach Road. Various activities including a giant board of Snakes and Ladder was a big draw among children apart from street basketball where youngsters ​took shots at the hoops. At the same time, archery saw children queuing up to aim for the bull's eye. Organised by The Times of India, Happy Streets is an initiative by the ​GVMC and Vizag Police, presented by AP Tourism, powered by Vaibhav Jewellers​ and Vignan Group of Institutions, in association with Oakridge International School. Vuda ​Yoga faculty Kiran Kumar Murali showcased around 50 asanas to the public. He said the focus was on ​those ​asanas ​that would help people overcome knee pain and also ​on thsoe that bring relief from arthritis. Other asanas for overcoming back pain and strengthening stamina were also performed at Happy Streets. Murali showcased balancing postures for improving concentration for children at the event. A group of women from the CBM Compound Residents Welfare Association performed traditional Kolattam at Happy Streets. "Most of the members in our association are homemakers and we wanted to make people realise women can come out and do anything. Nothing is impossible for the...
 
RussianGovernor in AP toexplore FDI 22-Apr-2017
Visakhapatnam: Boris Dubrovsky, Governor of Chelyabinsk region and other industrialists from Russia visited Vizag as part of their foreign direct investment plans in developing the state of Andhra Pradesh, for which a meeting was held at a hotel in the city.HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao was the chief guest at the programme. Speaking on this occasion, he said that there are plenty of facilities for investments in the sectors of defence, manufacturing and infrastructure at Andhra Pradesh and foreign investors should make use of those resources. Highlights: Amaravati the new capital city is being built with world class standards Vizag is the best place with the longest coastal line, which gives a vast scope for AP to develop a ship building cluster The World Bank has identified Andhra Pradesh as the best place for investments and the state government also cooperates in building up friendly atmosphere for doing business to the investors.Rao also said that last year during the Chief Minister’s visit to Russia he invited Russian government and other foreign delegates for doing business in AP. As per his invitation Russian governor, ministers and other industrialists visited the state .He also added that Vizag is the best place with the longest coastal line, which gives a vast scope for AP to develop a ship building cluster.Chelyabinsk region of Russia was running large scale industries with heavy mechanised equipment in their region. The minister appealed to the...
 
Team from Russia in city 22-Apr-2017
Optimistic about partnership opportunities A high-power delegation from Chelyabinsk Region of Russia led by its Governor Boris A. Dubrovskiy had a hectic schedule in Visakhapatnam on Friday to explore business opportunities of mutual interest. After interacting with business community at a meeting organised by the AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation (APCCIF) and AP Economic Development Board, Mr. Dubrovskiy told The Hindu that they had high expectations. “India and Russia are known as very friendly nations and both A.P. and Chelyabinsk Region have several areas where partnership/collaboration opportunities can be worked out,” he said. The Governor said they were looking at partnerships in defence, automobile manufacturing, shipbuilding, agriculture and animal husbandry, education and information technology. The team which came on a two-day official visit to A.P. on an invitation by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will leave for Vijayawada on Saturday. It is scheduled to meet Mr. Naidu. Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) will give a Power-Point Presentation on capital of Amaravati. Traditional welcome APEDB CEO K. Krishna Kishore and others accorded a traditional welcome on arrival to the team. HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who interacted with the Governor and the team members, apprised them of the pro-active measures being taken to make A.P. a leading investment destination under the leadership of Mr. Chandrababu Naidu. He ...
 
Chandigarh team visits GVMC 20-Apr-2017
An official delegation from Chandigarh Urban Local Body was all praise for measures taken by GVMC for beautification of the city, sanitation, development of roads and it becoming open defecation-free. Senior Deputy Mayor Rajesh Kumar Gupta, who led the delegation, said on Wednesday the effective implementation of various programmes helped the city get ranks in Swachh Bharat and smart city projects. A presentation on various programmes being implemented was made.
 
Opinion divided over English medium 20-Apr-2017
Opinion divided over English medium in municipal schools. Government begins consultations with stakeholders on the move While the government is proposing to introduce English as a medium of instruction in municipal schools from 2017-18 academic year and has begun consultations with stakeholders, opinion is still divided on the move. The government has issued a GO for introducing English as a medium of instruction in January itself, but kept it in abeyance following opposition. With the new academic year approaching, consultations with stakeholders have begun in schools in GVMC. “The meetings with stake-holders are being conducted by the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas and the decision of the government is awaited,” say officials. The consultations begun with Nehru Municipal School and so far eight to nine meetings were held. The process that is simultaneously going on all over the State is expected to be completed by April 23. After that reports will be sent to the government. Parents are said to be opposing the introduction of English medium in all classes at one go in high schools. They want Class X to be exempted as it would be difficult to switch over for students who have studied all along in Telugu medium as they have to face the all-important public examination. Besides, textbooks in English and Telugu media should also be provided for Classes VI to IX. At primary level, parents want both the media run parallel up to Cla...
 
Sub-standard medicinesingovthosptls 20-Apr-2017
Sub-standard medicines in govt hospitals Visakhapatnam: Sub-standard injections and tablets are being distributed in some of the government hospitals in the city and district, reveals the response of the district drugs control department to a Right to Information Act (RTI). RTI activist K Venkata Ramana obtained the details from the department from April 1, 2016 till date. The data reveals that KGH, Mental Care Hospital, ENT hospital have been using 'not of standard quality' (NSQ) medicines. Speaking to media persons here on Wendesday, Venkata Ramana said out of 23 samples taken by the drugs control department, five of piperacillin and tazobactum injection, thiopentozene sodium injection, multi-vitamin tablets were found not of standard quality confirmed the Kolkata and Vijayawada government drugs control laboratories.
 
Plasticwastemanagementamajorconcern 20-Apr-2017
Plastic waste management a major concern in port city Visakhapatnam: About 80 per cent of the 3.6 lakh metric tonnes of waste generated in the city per annum is in the form of plastic, said M Hari Narayana, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation commissioner, recently. The high calorific value of plastic in the waste generated is a worrying factor considering the fact that the city has no means to deal with plastic waste. GVMC has taken up construction of roads using plastic as binding material in 10 localities of the city. At present, there are two effluent treatment plants in the city at MVP Colony and Old Town. GVMC has called for tenders for setting up a plastic waste recycling plant that was announced in January. "The problem with plastic waste is that it only accumulates and there is a limit to the amount of plastic that can be recycled. It is true that the GVMC is setting up a recycling plant, but to what extent can it solve the problem?" professor PVV Prasada Rao of the AU department of environmental sciences told TOI. Professor Prasada Rao said there is lack of awareness among the public about plastic waste which is not differentiated with organic waste. Panchagnula Ramesh, an expert in magroves and coastal environment, said, "If we take a closer look at the amount of plastic being generated in Visakhapatnam, which is a port city, it is quite alarming. Much of the plastic waste clogged in the city's rain drains flows straight into the sea whenever i...
 
Severedearthofforensicmedicnfaculty 20-Apr-2017
Severe dearth of forensic medicine faculty Also, the government should give some kind of incentive and placement assurance for forensic science doctors. Visakhapatnam: Despite being a highly challenging and interesting subject, there's an acute dearth of forensic science doctors in the medical colleges and government hospitals in Andhra Pradesh. Because besides teaching in medical colleges and conducting post mortems, forensic science doctors have to work with the police and judiciary and have additional duties of attending court procedures. "The government has to create additional posts on district hospitals and community health centre (CHC) level where forensic science doctors can be absorbed rather than allowing MBBS doctors to conduct post mortems in such centres. Unless, the government takes steps to improve the work environment and provides allowances, no MBBS doctors would opt for forensic medicine and this dearth would become even more acute in future," averred Dr Chandrasekhar.
 
 
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