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Hudhud caused Rs 21,908 crore loss 24-Dec-2014
Hudhud caused Rs 21,908 crore loss, agriculture sector worst hit: AP government The Hudhud cyclone that had hit Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh in October has caused a loss of Rs 21,908 crore, including damage to the tune of Rs 6,136 crore to private industries in the port city, the state government told the Legislative Assembly on Friday. Making a statement on Hudhud today, Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa said the human loss in the devastating cyclone which made a landfall on October 12 remained restricted to 61 due to "very effective" precautionary measures taken by the state government. "Although the human loss could be minimised due to proactive and timely action by the government, enormous damage happened to the agriculture sector, resulting in crop loss of Rs 948 crore in 2.38 lakh hectares. The horticulture sector was also the worst hit with the loss estimated at Rs 1339.2 crore (87,984 ha)," the deputy chief minister said. He said Housing sector suffered an overall loss of Rs 3,236 crore as the very severe cyclonic storm damaged 2,470 houses fully, 11,097 houses severely and 1.36 lakh houses partially. Giving a break-up, Rajappa said while the Roads and Buildings Department suffered a loss of Rs 1111.80 crore, Panchayat Raj suffered loss of Rs 995 crore, Gram Panchayats (roads) Rs 410 crore and Municipal Administration Rs 3621.56 crore. "Rural Water Supply and Sanitation suffered loss of Rs 127 crore, Irrigation Rs 317 crore, Power Sector Rs 1290 crore,...
 
NTPC to Fund Reservoir Desilting 24-Dec-2014
Finally, the path has been cleared for the desilting of water resources in and around Visakhapatnam. The 112-year old Mudasarlova reservoir, the main water resource quenching the thirst of the Port City, will undergo a massive desilting work, thanks to the largesse of Simhadri Super Thermal Power Plant (SSTPP) of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) which volunteered to fund the desilting work. Responding to an appeal from collector N Yuvaraj to PSUs and other agencies, NTPC SSTPP has announced that it will join hands with the district administration to increase the storage capacity of Mudasarlova reservoir. Ashok Kumar, general manager of NTPC, has assured the district administration that the SSTPP would share the burden of the desiltation works. Visakhapatnam city is dependant on seven water resources to meet it drinking water needs. Of them Thatipudi, Yeleru, Meghadrigedda and Mudasarlova reservoirs are the major resources. Though the GVMC has prepared a project to meet the water requirements of the city, no step has been taken to improve the storage capacity of the reservoirs. Except for the change of pipelines from Thatipudi reservoir and some other works, neither the GVMC nor the district administration has initiated steps to desilt the existing reservoirs.
 
City Union Bank opens new branches 24-Dec-2014
ity Union Bank Ltd has opened two new branches in Andhra Pradesh on December 19, 2014. The bank has opened branches at Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh. The Visakhapatnam branch is opened at New Gajuwaka and located at Plot No. 52 & 49, Survey No.54, Door No.13-4-20, Dwarapureddy complex, B.C.Road, New Gajuwaka, Visakhapatnam - 530027, Andhra Pradesh.
 
INSV Mhadei drops anchor 24-Dec-2014
After going around the globe twice and touching several national and international ports for regattas, Indian Navy's sailing vessel INSV Mhadei finally dropped anchor in the Port City on her maiden visit. Sailing in from the Andamans, on board was the man who turned world geography into history by becoming the first Indian to accomplish his first solo mission to circumnavigate the globe on this sloop - Commander Dilip Donde - who undertook the voyage in 2009-2010. In fact, it was under his supervision that the sailing ship was built in Goa. Among the adventurous crew on board along with Donde are Commander Bhajahari Ghosh, Lt Commander Rajish Rajan, Lt Commander Divya Purohit and two lady officers -- Lt Vartika Joshi and Lt P Swathi. Women officers interested in sailing are now being given training in this vessel as the globetrotting INSV Mhadei is gearing up to undertake another voyage to circumnavigate the globe, albeit with an all-women crew. Early this year, INSV Mhadei took part in the Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro yachting race with its first woman officer on board, Lt Commander Shweta Kapur, as part of a four-member crew.
 
India’s first submarine warfare 24-Dec-2014
ndia’s first submarine warfare movie is coming from Hyderabad & Visakhapatnam The year was 1971. The Indo-Pakistan war was at its peak when Pakistan deployed its deadly attack submarine, the PNS Ghazi, towards India. However, the Navy base in Vizag was ready to ward off attacks and eventually, after a series of events, PNS Ghazi sank, mysteriously. The sinking remains a controversial topic in the annals of the war. And to relive those days, Sankalp Reddy, a 30-year-old from Hyderabad, has come up with a script that will bring the submarine back to life in the first submarine warfare movie in India 18th Day. It started a year ago when Sankalp, an assistant director in Tollywood, visited Vizag. It was by chance that he happened to visit the Naval base and the submarines instantly captured his attention. “I had researched about a few submarines, but the PNS Ghazi story intrigued me the most. There are two different versions of how Ghazi sank. While the Indian version claims the submarine sank because of a series of successful efforts by the Indian Navy, the Pakistan version claims its top vessel sank following an internal explosion, killing all on board,” says Sankalp who studied at the CVR College of Engineering before doing his Masters in Fine Arts at Griffith Film School, Australia. After a year of research he brought out the book, The Blue Fish. He says, “I always wanted to develop the script into a movie, but I wrote the book because I didn’t want to have copyright ...
 
Tech Mahindra add 30,000 in 2 yrs 24-Dec-2014
Tech Mahindra plans to expand its global seating capacity by another 30,000 in the next two years, taking the total capacity to 1.25 lakh, a top executive of the IT major said. The expansion would mainly focus on three major cities Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Pune and three tier-II cities Visakhapatnam, Jaipur and Bhubaneswar, Tech Mahindra MD & CEO CP Gurnani said. “In the next two years, we are looking at adding almost 30,000 seats globally. Majority of that would be in the six locations, three main centres (Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Pune) and three ancillary centres (Visakhapatnam, Jaipur and Bhubaneswar). About 1,500 people are working in Visakhapatnam currently. We have been allotted new land also (there). Similarly we have added another block in Bhubaneswar which is 600 people,” Gurnani told PTI. Currently, the fifth largest IT Company of the country has a seating capacity of 95,000 globally. He said research and development for innovation has been one of the key focus areas of the company in the last few years, prompting it to spend 2-3 per cent of the revenues for the purpose. Gurnani added that Hyderabad is the largest centre of Tech Mahindra with over 20,000 employees.
 
No takers for villas in Rushikonda 24-Dec-2014
Luxury villas are facing a peculiar situation in the Port City. Though a majority of them are located amid breathtaking locales, not many buyers are willing to "settle down" in them despite shelling out a fortune for these luxury villas. Realty sources indicated that there are hardly any villas available in Rushikonda as most of them are sold out, with each such villa costing upwards of Rs 1.5 crore and even as steep at Rs 2.5 crore. However, sources revealed that only around 25-30% of the villas are occupied by the buyers on account of various reasons, including the lack of supporting infrastructure. Realty sources said nearly 200 villas have already been constructed and an additional 200 are under construction in the Rushikonda area close to the sea. Of this, around 200-odd villas were developed more than five years ago and the remaining are presently in various stages of construction. "The satellite areas of Vizag, including Rushikonda, are not connected properly with the main city area. If you take NH-16, then from Hanumanthawaka Junction onwards there are no streetlights until you reach the cricket stadium," said a builder involved in construction of villas at Rushikonda. Furthermore, the builder said, "Earlier there was a lot of expectation that the IT industry will pick up in the city. Being a stone's throw away from the ITSEZ, some of the buyers purchased the villas in the hope that they can give it away on rentals, but that didn't happen. The owners are expect...
 
Tuna Fish Catch Dropped By 50% 24-Dec-2014
Tuna landings in Visakhapatnam district have dropped by 50% as compared to last year due to the impact of Cyclone Hudhud, said fishermen form the district. Tuna landings formed almost 60% of the total marine catch during November-December last year, but this season, it formed just 30% of the total catch. Experts attribute the fall to the fewer number of boats venturing into the sea. They also say that tuna changes their course after a cyclonic storm. Visakhapatnam District Fishermen's Youth Welfare Association executive secretary Arjilli Dasu said, "Last year during this time we had around 700 tonnes of tuna landings a month. But now the catch has come down to just 300 tonnes." Last year tuna was found off the coast of Vizag, but after the cyclone struck the city the fish has changed course and is available near Kakinada. As tuna brings in a good price for the fishermen, their income has also been affected due to the change of course. A fisherman from Jalaripeta, V Appaiah, said, "Tuna is sold for about Rs 100 per kg and can weigh up to 70 kg. Although the period between October and January is the right season for catching the fish, most of the fishing vessels have been anchored at the harbour since the Cyclone Hudhud hit Visakhapatnam."
 
Lambasingi Recorded Zero Degree 24-Dec-2014
Mercury plummeted to one degree Celsius Monday in Lambasingi, a tribal area in Visakhapatnam district Lambasingi in Chintapalli mandal, about 110 km from coastal city of Visakhapatnam, Sunday chilled at zero degree Celsius. The temperature at other agency areas in Visakhapatnam district ranged between two and four degree Celsius. The temperature at Lambasingi, located more than 3,000 feet above sea level, and other surrounding tribal areas had been dropping for last few years. The region, especially Araku Valley, attracts tourists during the season. The temperature in most parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana continue to be below 10 degree Celsius.
 
Malindo Air in Vizag 24-Dec-2014
Malindo Air to connect Vizag to Kuala Lumpur from February 15 The Port City is all set to get its third international flight this New Year with low cost Malaysian carrier Malindo Air gearing up to start direct flights to Kuala Lumpur from February 15. This apart, the Malaysian carrier may implement plans to connect the city with other destinations like Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. According to Air Travellers' Association (India) president D Varada Reddy, Malindo Air would operate its Kuala Lumpur-Vizag-Kuala Lumpur flight thrice a week. The days of the week are to Monday, Thursday and Saturday, in all likelihood. According to intial plans the flight would depart Vizag at 11.50 pm. The Port City is already connected to Singapore through SilkAir thrice a week, and to Dubai via Hyderabad by Air India six days a week. "While SilkAir is currently operating at around 85 per cent occupancy, Air India's Dubai flight is at around 90 per cent occupancy. The third international flight will now give air passengers the choice to fly directly from Vizag to Kuala Lumpur," Varada Reddy said.
 
 
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