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Taekwondo Classes 30-Apr-2015
The Visakhapatnam District Taekwondo Association is organising free summer coaching classes in taekwondo and self defence techniques for boys and girls at 17 centres in the city and rural area from May 4 to 31. The classes will be held from 6 a.m. to 7.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. every day. Exclusive classes for women will be held at BVK College, Dwaraka Nagar, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Details can be had from general secretary of A. P. Taekwondo Association P. Atchuta Reddy (phone 99496 04499) or general secretary of District Taekwondo Association M. Atchim Naidu (8889362888).
 
PD Act Against Ganja Smugglers 30-Apr-2015
With the ganja trade in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam district going unabated, District Collector N. Yuvaraj has asked officials of the Prohibition and Excise Department and the district police to invoke the provisions of the A. P. Prevention of Dangerous Activities of drug offenders Act, popularly known as PD Act, on the smugglers. Stung by criticism from various quarters that the Agency areas have become a haven for ganja cultivators and smugglers, the district administration appears to have resorted to this option to deal with the smugglers with an iron hand. The Prohibition and Excise Department has so far seized over 22 MT of dry ganja, compared to the previous year figure of 5.6 MT and the police have seized 30 MT compared to 12 MT the previous year. According to Prohibition and Excise Deputy Commissioner M. Satyanarayana, this year, in the Narsipatnam zone alone, which is one of the major gateways from the Agency area, the department has so far booked a total of 1,200 cases, arrested 980 persons, and seized 13 MT of dry ganja. Terming this a welcome move, he told The Hindu that they were gearing up to slap PD Act on the ganja smugglers. “So far, we have been charging the offenders under the NDPS Act. Now, our hands are strengthened. It should act as a major deterrent,” he said. Ganja is being grown in nine out of 12 mandals in the Agency area. The major contribution is from the mandals such as Chintapalli, Paderu, Araku, G. Madugula, Rolugunta,...
 
Badminton League A Success 30-Apr-2015
The Vizag Badminton League, designed on the format of the Indian Badminton League and leagues for other games, provided an opportunity for the local players to exhibit their talent once again. For the youngsters and also for all those who played in the league it was a different experience of competing with players of different age groups as each team, owned by a franchise, has players who participated in the international events, veteran World championships, National championships and State championships. There are many in the city who played in these meets and the District Badminton Association’s idea of starting the VBL met with success. Each team in the colours of its franchise and the format of the tournament made the VBL interesting. Most of the league matches were very close affairs and the final, between Waltair Warriors and Doctors’ Dragons went to the wire, with the former clinching the issue in the last match of the tie. The other teams that participated in the event were Steel City Kings, Gajuwaka Gladiators and Vizag Smashers. The VBL was sponsored by One Stop 4U Private Limited. It has a total prize money of Rs. 1.7 lakh. Secretary of VDBA R. Srinivas was happy that the VBL has created the desired impact on the players and spectators. The young K.R.K. Charith, who played for Doctors’ Dragons stood out in the VBL winning all the matches he played.
 
Deputy Tahsildar Trapped 30-Apr-2015
ACB sleuths arrested Deputy Tahsildar, Visakhapatnam Urban, D. Sekhar, on the charge of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income on Wednesday. Nine teams simultaneously raided the residences of Sekhar, his relatives in the city and Vizianagaram district, and unearthed assets worth over Rs. 10 crore as per the present market value. ACB Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Ramakrishna Prasad said that the assets unearthed so far included one ground-plus-three-storey guest house at Visalakshinagar, a deluxe luxury flat at Seethammadhara, a commercial complex at Daba Gardens, house sites at Ravada and Vizianagaram town, Rs. 13.75 lakh in cash, 200 gms of gold, and seven kg of silver. He said that cases had been registered under the relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and investigation was on. Mr. Ramakrishna Prasad told The Hindu that the accused had joined the Revenue Department as a typist and rose to the post of Deputy Tahsildar, and had been involved in corrupt practices since long. He had a nexus with Mee Seva staff and collected money from the applicants. The DSP also said that some assets were in the name of Sekhar’s wife and relatives. They were being probed, he added. Sekhar will be produced before the special ACB court on Thursday.
 
Transporters’ Bandh Today 30-Apr-2015
A bandh will be observed by transporters all over the country on April 30 to protest against the new Motor Transport Bill, proposed to be introduced by the Centre. Transporters, owing allegiance to various trade unions, have already announced the decision to join the strike. A poster was released by the AP Auto Drivers and Workers Union at Akkayyapalem on Wednesday appealing to people to support the strike. State general secretary of the union G. Vamana Murthy alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre was trying to hand over the transport sector to big players, including of foreign origin, at the cost of domestic and small transporters. He said that auto drivers were already finding it difficult to make ends meet with the steep hike in user charges of the Regional Transport Authority and hike in the prices of diesel, petrol, spare parts and insurance premium as a result of the privatisation and globalisation policies of the Central and State governments. He said that all motor transporters had already extended their support to the strike and appealed to private goods trucks, cars, vans and other vehicles to join the strike voluntarily and make the strike a success. Union leaders P. Ramakrishna, Adduri Shankar, K. Siva and M. Nagaraju were among those who were present. AP Lorry Owners Association: The proposal of the Centre to hand over the responsibility of issuing Fitness Certificate (FC) for non-transport vehicles and for issue...
 
A free zone in Vizag! 30-Apr-2015
The UAE has offered its expertise in building a free zone in Visakhapatnam to encourage manufacturing and trading a la Dubai Free Zone. In his interaction with a delegation of the Vizagpatam Chambers of Commerce and Industry, charge d’affaires, Embassy of UAE, New Delhi, His Excellency Saed Al Mheiri, terming the coastline as wonderful, said Visakhapatnam had the potential and the UAE the expertise (for free zone). During the interaction that took place prior to the launch of the Industries Mission by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, he praised the dynamism and vision of the Chief Minister and was upbeat about doing business in Andhra Pradesh with investments from UAE in various sectors. However, he wanted improvements in two areas, the first one being the ease of doing business. Several companies that signed MoUs had to wait for two to three years to get permission, proving detrimental to new business. In contrast, the UAE was according permission in 24 to 72 hours, depending upon the size of business, he said. With four carriers, especially Ethihad and Emirates, the UAE would be interested in making a direct call to Visakhapatnam and use Dubai as a travel hub to anywhere in the world, he noted. The VCCI delegation, comprising vice-president A. V. Monish Row, secretary Sunkari Ravindra, and treasurer A. Krishna Balaji, discussed building a marina with water sports and other amenities. H E Mheiri said he was interested in such tourism projects. Ancill...
 
Housing Project:Lion’s Share 30-Apr-2015
The housing project planned by the State government — NTR Housing Scheme — covers the three Hudhud-hit districts though a lion’s share of it is earmarked for Visakhapatnam district that bore the brunt of the very severe cyclonic storm on October 12. However, with the Chief Minister not able to launch the project as scheduled on Wednesday, sources said since it was a big project it would be launched at a big public meeting on a future date in a befitting manner. The Rs.560-crore scheme would be taken up with funds given by various organisations under corporate social responsibility (CSR) and a matching grant by the State government. While the CSR funds account for Rs.250 crore, the State government would be given an equal amount and Rs.60 crore would be spent on infrastructure. Visakhapatnam would get 6,000 houses, Srikakulam 2,500 and Vizianagaram 1,000. The main idea is to relocate people in areas hit by cyclone, mainly fishermen. Wherever it is not possible and depending upon the local communities’ choice the permission of the authorities concerned would be sought, officials said. Pedajalaripet in the city, badly hit by Hudhud, is one such area. Since it falls within 200 m of the coast, permission to build G+1 houses would be sought. The land would be provided by the government and the beneficiaries in urban areas have to contribute Rs.10,000 and in rural areas Rs.5,000. One has to be a cyclone-victim to be a beneficiary. Though Chief Minister N. Cha...
 
Soaking Up The India Experience 30-Apr-2015
Ask any foreigner about the impressions, held by their group, of India and there is a common thread of thought. They all love the warmth and friendliness of Indians. When Russian interns Daria Amhanaya and Gullaz Bainazarova first landed in India in the City of Destiny, it was not just the friendly demeanour of people that charmed them; the serene beauty of the coastline had a mesmerising effect on them, for it was something they had “never seen before”. “It’s the first time I saw the sea and the beaches. Vizag is such a lovely antidote to the busy, crowded life of Moscow! We had seen India in movies in our childhood, now that we are here in this exotic land it feels like a dream come true,” they said in unison. In the city for a six-month internship of the exchange programme of AIESEC, both young Russians are fascinated by the India experience, the Vizag charm in particular. AIESEC, an international non-governmental not-for-profit organization, provides young people with leadership development and cross-cultural global internship and volunteer exchange experience across the globe. The AIESEC network that touches 125 countries has more than 80 student members from various educational institutions representing the Vizag chapter. As part of the internship programme of AIESEC, the Russians will be learning various modalities of hospitality sector at The Park during their stay here. While the beaches were their first rendezvous with the city’s beauty, they were quick to ...
 
Dirty Drains A Blot On City 30-Apr-2015
A drain neglected can result in flooding of roads and sometimes even homes. Scant respect for proper disposal of garbage, particularly plastic carry bags, bottles and cups, is leading to flooding of roads even after a few showers. The clogged drains are resulting in frequent overflowing of dirty water onto the roads at quite a few places in the city. A huge pile of garbage, mostly plastic waste, has resulted in drain water entering into the cellar and shop of a building located just beside the service road on the National Highway at Kancharapalem. Road blocked The water has been drained by pumping it out with motors and the wastes had to be cleared with excavators. The cleared wastes and mud are piled for drying up on the highway which completely blocked the service road. The same is the case on the Highway at Thatichetlapalem, Chavulamadum junction and sometimes at Gnanapuram. The major drain, which flows through Railway New Colony and Gnanapuram, was cleared a few days ago. The plastic wastes were found floating on the water in the drain a little further down, behind Gnanapuram. Huge pile of garbage and plastic wastes were cleared from the drain and dumped on the cemented road from the Port to Gnanapuram reducing the road to a mere pathway. “This is common practice here. The piled up wastes are burnt once in a while,” said Sunil of Gedda Veedhi, who was going on his two-wheeler through the piled up garbage to avoid taking a round about by taking the Con...
 
Centre’s Decision On Smart Cities 29-Apr-2015
Lauding the Centre’s decision to build 100 smart cities by 2022 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thrust on ‘Make in India’ programme, Ingersoll Rand (India) Limited chairman Venkatesh Valluri said technology would play a major role in shaping the country’s future. In a chat with reporters on Tuesday, he said design and development of the city with separate focus on Brownfield and Greenfield development would play a big role. He said no city could be built on a single day. “Smart city building will be a continuous process. Sector-wise developmental plans will be finalised,” he stated. Asked to comment whether the $14 billion NYSE-listed Ingersoll, an industrially diversified global technology company, had any plan to invest in Andhra Pradesh, he said as of now they had no plan. He said they had three manufacturing and two innovation centres in India. He, however, said they would evaluate later on what sort of opportunity was available for them. Mr. Venkatesh said opportunities would be available in infrastructure development, manufacturing, agro food sector, biotechnology, and chemical processes.
 
 
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