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Another Lepakshi Store On The Cards 30-Jun-2015
In a move to improve the economic status of the artisans, Lepakshi emporium is all set to open another outlet in the city soon. Announcing this here on Monday, emporium’s manager K. Nagaraju said that Gajuwaka and Kurmannapalem (near Visakhapatnam Steel Plant) areas were being considered for setting up the new store. He said that the initiative was aimed at providing livelihood support to the artisans located in north Andhra region. “We are on the lookout for a suitable site. The prime objective is to encourage artisans belonging to Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam districts. Special attention will be given to those earning a livelihood by crafting brass wares in Budithi village,” he said, and added that Lepakshi earned a profit of Rs.70 lakh during the last fiscal. At present, the emporium at Jagadamba Junction offers 20 per cent discount on brass wares. Mr. Nagaraju said that the Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation would provide working capital to manufacturers of Bobbili veena. A special training, lasting for six months, will be given to eight artisans of Narsipatnam to help them manufacture brass lamps. To stay in tune with the festive season, Lepakshi is organising a 10-day imitation jewellery exhibition on its premises starting July 29.
 
GVMC Smartens App 30-Jun-2015
Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation's (GVMC) smart mobile concept seems to have found few takers. GVMC had launched a mobile application 'Smart Vizag' on June 16 to provide hassle free civic services to citizens. But less than 10 people have downloaded the app so far and only eight online tax payments were made through it, officials from GVMC's information technology wing said. GVMC had entrusted the task of designing the app to city-based JITWORLD Technologies Pvt Ltd for a sum of Rs 4.5 lakh, civic officials said. "In India, good practices take time to be adopted by people. The commissioner's idea of launching the Smart Vizag mobile app is also facing the same problem. We will have to carry out wider publicity to popularize it," a senior GVMC official said. According to N Mohana Rao, additional deputy commissioner (projects and IT), GVMC, smartphone users can access civic services without commuting to the office of the civic body at the click of the requisite service icons on the homepage of the app on their mobile.
 
Dell Expertise City Development 29-Jun-2015
Dell, one of the leading integrated IT players in the world, sees a big role for it in developing Visakhapatnam as a smart city by offering its expertise in technology integration to improve quality of life. With an investment of Rs .500 crore over five years for technology integration, Dell is looking at extending its service in four parameters viz. social media, mobility, cloud and analytics. Vizag, Ajmer and Allahabad will be developed as smart cities by the Centre in collaboration with the United States. Ranjit Metrani, Director and Head-South Geo of Dell International Services India Private Limited, told The Hindu here that the company had expertise in individual areas. It is ready to offer services in training and development as well as integration of technologies in the form of developing applications and management of infrastructure 24x7.
 
Traffic Islands To Have A New Look 29-Jun-2015
All the major traffic islands in Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) will be beautified and fountains would be provided, wherever required, as part of the programme to transform Visakhapatnam into a beautiful and ‘smart’ city, according to GVMC Commissioner Praveen Kumar. The Commissioner inspected the Dronamraju Circle and CR Reddy Circle at Siripuram and the works taken up on the beach road during his night rounds on Saturday. He said that plans were formulated for the beautification of all traffic islands with colourful plants. He inspected the paintings on the walls of Matsya Darshini and the Youth Hostel. He suggested provision of LED lights on the beach road after reviewing the computerised monitoring system of switching ‘on’ and ‘off’ of lights. The Commissioner directed Superintending Engineer Ananda Rao and DE Varma to immediately arrange for replacement of the missing lights at the bus shelters near The Park Hotel junction. He also directed Chief Medical Officer of Health M.S. Raju to initiate special measures for the improvement of sanitation and door-to-door collection of garbage.
 
Vizag New Conduit For Gold, Drugs 26-Jun-2015
The city of destiny before attaining the status of smart city has come closer to winning the dubious distinction of becoming a major conduit for smuggling gold, ganja and synthetic sedatives. Vizag International airport drew national attention recently when 55 passengers were held and over 64 kg of gold was seized from them. Yet it is ganja which takes the cake which has been flowing under the carpet undetected. What was being seized by the police is said to be small quantities but tonnes of ganja is being smuggled out from the agency area on a regular basis. In one cache on Wednesday evening, Rs 2 crore worth ganja was seized by the police in Kasimkota of Visakhapatnam district.
 
Fake Currency Seized At Vizag 26-Jun-2015
In another shocking incident, officials from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Visakhapatnam regional unit, arrested one person and seized Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) worth `7.98 lakh from a passenger at the Visakhapatnam Railway Station on June 23. The DRI officials arrested the person under the provisions of the Customs Act 1962 and produced him before the Special Judge for Economic Offences at Nampally, and was sent to remand for 14 days. According to officials, they arrested the passenger while he was travelling by the Guwahati-Bangalore superfast express train. The DRI officials said that during primary interrogation, they came to know that the FICN was smuggled from Bangladesh and that the accused was transporting it to Bangalore to deliver the fake notes to some people over there. The seized FICN were in denominations of `1,000 and `500. Investigation is on.
 
Tribal Museum To Be Set Up 25-Jun-2015
A tribal museum will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 20 crore on four acres at Kapuluppada near Bheemili, said tribal welfare minister R Kishore Babu. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is expected to lay the foundation stone for the museum soon, he added. Visiting the site along with officials of the Girijan Co-operative Corporation (GCC), he said that another Rs 5 crore will be spent on construction of a tribal cultural research centre on 1.3 acres on the Visakhapatnam-Bheemili Beach Road. Participating in a workshop on 'How to Increase the work efficiency of GCC', he said there is a need to strengthen the department as the GCC is not yielding satisfactory results. "GCC employees should play an active role to improve work efficiency at GCC," he said adding that middlemen have been getting more active in the tribal areas and taking advantage of illiterate tribals.
 
Sports Academy Set Up At Kommadi 25-Jun-2015
The board meeting of the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) Wednesday approved the proposal for establishment of an integrated sports academy at Kommadi in Visakhapatnam district with an expenditure of Rs 15 crore. Further, they resolved to send proposals to the state government seeking necessary funds for development and renovation of sports schools and stadia across the state. SAAP chairman PR Mohan who chaired the board meeting here Wednesday, told newsmen that the state bifurcation had caused huge loss to the SAAP and its first meeting post-bifurcation was held in Visakhapatnam. “The board has resolved to reopen several sports academies which have been shutdown besides taking up development and modernisation of 34 stadia. The establishment of new sports schools and good facilities to sportspersons for their training, were also discussed,” he said. He said that noted weightlifter Karanam Malleswari came forward to join hands with the SAAP to start a weightlifting training school. Other resolutions passed in the meeting include making sports a mandatory subject in the school curriculum, to sanction funds to modernise the Kodi Ramamurthy Sports School and to set up sports training centres in all mandals across the state. Mohan said that a programme on yoga and competitions in sports and archery would be conducted at Rajahmundry during the Godavari Pushkarams. Further, it was decided to use Telugu in SAAP for correspondence purposes.
 
IIM Comes To Vizag And 5 Cities 25-Jun-2015
The union Cabinet gave its approval for setting up of six new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in the country. These new IIMs will be located at Vishakhapatnam, Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh), Nagpur, Sambalpur (Odisha) and Amritsar. These IIMs, which will begin functioning from temporary campuses, will commence their first academic session from 2015-16. Each institute will start with an intake of 140 students. The HRD Ministry had earlier finalised the existing IIMs which would be mentoring the new ones. There are at present 13 IIMs in the country. Meanwhile IIM-Vizag campus will be built in 300 acres at Gambheeram village. This is the first central premier institution that comes up in Andhra Pradesh state after bifurcation. It's known that few days before Smrithi Irani laid foundation stone for Indian Institute of Management at Gambheeram village near Madhurawada in Visakhapatnam city in the presence of AP CM Chandrababu Naidu and Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu and others.
 
It’s now ‘Nidhi Aapke Nikat’ 24-Jun-2015
In a move to bring all the stakeholders to one common platform and provide them an avenue to exchange ideas, share information and redress grievances, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has rechristened ‘Bhavishya Nidhi Adalat’ as ‘Nidhi Aapke Nikat’ or ‘PF Near You’. With a fresh name, EPFO is conducting the next monthly programme ‘Nidhi Aapke Nikat’ to redress the grievances of the EPF members on July 10 at its sub-regional office located at Marripalem VUDA Layout, NAD Post, Visakhapatnam. Subscribers from Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts are requested to furnish their grievances in detail addressing to Assistant P.F. Commissioner by marking as ‘Nidhi Aapke Nikat’ on or before July 5. Subscribers can also send their grievances by post or courier or fax to 0891-2558734 or email to sro.vizag@epfindia.gov.in. Specific slots have been allotted for the stakeholders. Subscribers: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; employers: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and for exempted establishments: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., the statement issued by EPFO said.
 
 
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