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Railway Zone Issue Back in Focus 31-Jan-2017
Railway zone issue back in focus ahead of Union Budget. Works announced in 2015 Railway Budget still pending Most of the development works which were announced by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in February 2015 at an estimated cost of 695 crore are still pending. And most importantly the demand for a separate railway zone has not been addressed despite several promises made by BJP leaders and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. The works sanctioned to Waltair Division included: construction of a wagon workshop (Periodic Over Haul) at Vadlapudi in the city with 214 crore augmentation of the capacities of the Diesel Loco Shed (DLS) in the city at an estimated cost of 53.14 crore and Electric Loco Shed (ELS) with 19.57 crore, 239 crore for track renewal works and 44.68 crore for the closure of unmanned level crossings.
 
4.27lakh kids tobe given poliodrops 30-Jan-2017
3,686 immunization booths will be set up in the district: DMHO: The District Medical and Health Department will set up 3,686 pulse polio immunization booths across the district as part of the first phase of the three-day drive scheduled from Sunday. As many as 4,27,866 children, aged between 0-5, will be administered polio drops as part of the special drive. The department will also undertake door-to-door campaign across the district. District Medical and Health Officer J. Sarojini told media persons here on Saturday that the annual campaign was meant to mark the National Immunization Day. “A total of 115 transit booths will also be arranged at railway stations, bus stands and construction sites and 168 mobile teams will be pressed into service,” said Dr. Sarojini. She said there was no polio case reported in the port city since 2008. On the first day of the campaign, polio drops would be administered at the booths located across the district from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Besides facilitating booths for the purpose, a door-to-door drive will be taken up to administer polio drops to newborn babies and those below five years on Monday and Tuesday. Similar programmes will also be held in some parts of the urban areas on Wednesday. Earlier, a rally to create awareness on pulse polio was taken out from DMHO office to Satyam junction. District Immunization Officer K. Vijaya Lakshmi said over 14,700 vaccinators, health workers and volunteers will extend support to the three-d...
 
His paintings catch the eye 30-Jan-2017
His paintings catch the eye at Partnership Summit: More often than not, artist Veguri Ravindra Babu’s paintings create an oxymoron with apparently contradictory visuals. And this element hits you hard when you see his works. In his work titled ‘A scintilla of aurora’ - the artist juxtaposes two contradictory ideas posing the question if the child can really be happy about a row of factories, though far away, which pollute the air even if he is not conscious of it. But at the same time the factories cannot be deemed to deliberately snatch away the child’s freedom to live in an unpolluted atmosphere. Speaking to The Hindu, the artist said: “My paintings are the outcome of my life experiences and intrinsically charged with meaning. They reflect true images and scraps of our own world. There are shades of pain and intense aversion in my works but also the feel of beauty. He has participated in several group exhibitions at prestigious venues and held solo shows across India. According to Ravindra Babu, a platform like the Partnership Summit has brought in the focus on art, the business of art and the critical role of art in modern architecture. Rishiraj Sethi, Chief Director of Aura Art eConnect, said that the main purpose of bringing the art of a local artist to the Summit was to sensitise the AP government about art.
 
'Brand Vizag'promotiongets abigpush 30-Jan-2017
City’s beauty floors delegates to CII Partnership Summit: Overwhelming response to CII Partnership Summit-cum-Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Investment Meet and the record number of MoUs signed by investors has given a big boost to the campaign to promote Brand Vizag as a happening city. As many as 2,000 delegates with 350 from overseas, eight foreign trade ministers and secretaries and eight Union Ministers took part in the deliberations with many taking to social media to express their impressions on the beauty of Vizag. Incidentally, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu tweeted saying he was very impressed with artistic wall paintings in the city as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. “The summit was a resounding success. Many delegates who came for the first time to the city were impressed with its neatness and the investment ecosystem in AP,” said Special Chief Secretary and IT Adviser to Chief Minister J.A. Chowdary. He told The Hindu that the sun-kissed beaches, green-capped hillocks and the facilities available in the city impressed the delegates who came here to attend the summit from across the globe.
 
Sewing their way to empowerment 30-Jan-2017
Bala Vikas Foundation offering training in tailoring free of cost to fisherwomen. K. Ganga, a resident of Peda Jalaripeta, is a mother of four children. After struggling for over two decades with her alcoholic husband and enduring years of harassment, she finally found a way out to ease the financial burden without depending much on her husband’s earnings.Though deprived of formal education, Ganga is able to complete a tailoring course offered by Bala Vikas Foundation (BVF) free of cost at its Bridge School. After learning tailoring for six months, she is now able to stitch salwar-kameez and blouse. She has also started taking up repair works as she finds it much easier. The BVF has been training fisherwomen residing at Peda Jalaripeta, Paindorapeta and Relli Veedhi in tailoring skills for the past five years. So far, it has trained over 170 women. Those who have been part of the training programme mentioned that it helped them enhance their economic independence.
 
Three City Roads to Get Smarter 28-Jan-2017
Pilot project to make them accident-free and more secure. Three roads in the city will soon become smarter and the focus is on making them accident free and more secure. US-based consultancy firm AECOM, which is the project management consultant (PMC) for smart city, is working on a design to convert three roads in the city as ‘smart streets’. And they are working with various departments like the City Police, APEPDCP and GVMC. The roads selected include the road from Jagadamba Junction to Kurupam Towers, Jagadamba Junction to Naval Coastal Battery via the district Collector’s office and Naval Coastal Battery to Park Hotel. According to Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP- Traffic) K. Mahendra Patrudu the basic components of the smart city are health, hygiene and security.
 
U.S. Entrepreneur Bets Big On VSP 28-Jan-2017
VISAKHAPATNAM: An American entrepreneur who has made his largest investment in Visakhapatnam, sees bright potential in the city to emerge as a prominent commercial and financial hub. Pena4 Inc President and CEO Manny Pena who was here to participate in CII Partnership Summit-cum-Sunrise AP Investment Meet, told on Thursday that the city with a large talent pool and beautiful landscape has scope to grow into a world-class city. Pena4 Tech the Indian arm of Pena4 Inc has its largest facility in the city – a 100 per cent FDI with an initial investment of US$ 3 million in 2011. While Mr. Pena has 90 % stake, Ravi Eswarapu a local entrepreneur and former senior executive of Tech Mahindra has 10 % in Pena4 Tech. Pena4 Group with three companies under its umbrella, is into healthcare with focus on International Coding for Diseases (ICD)- related services, IT Product Development and back office operations for US companies in the area of client management, production management, finance, and HR operations. The company has plans to invest an additional US$ 3 million in capacity building and training in next generation technologies across the State and invest in startups as an angel investor in Internet of Things, cyber security, analytics, FinTech and artificial intelligence in next two years.
 
Jagan Holds Dharna at Vizag Airport 27-Jan-2017
YSR Congress leader and others were in the city for a march on special category status for A.P. YSR Congress Party president and Leader of the opposition in the Assembly Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy was detained at the Visakhapatnam airport when he arrived from Hyderabad at about 4.15 p.m. on Thursday. He was here to take part in the proposed candlelight march on RK Beach Road to demand Special Category Status (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh. Party leaders V. Vijaysai Reddy, Y.V. Subba Reddy and Ambati Rambabu, who accompanied him were also detained. The police told Mr. Jagan that he would not be allowed to enter Visakhapatnam for the protest.
 
Cyber Forensic Labs Soon in Vizag 27-Jan-2017
VISAKHAPATNAM: To stop cyber crime cases, the state government is planning to set up cyber digital forensic labs with all modern facilities by spending more than Rs 20 crore. This centre would be helpful in investigating cases registered in the district, said district collector Pravin Kumar during his Republic Day speech at the Police Barracks on Thursday. The collector said the government has been committed to develop Vizag as an IT hub and so initiated the twin towers at IT SEZ, Madhurawada. He also said that to encourage sports, the government has been constructing a mini stadium at Kommadi on a six-acre land.
 
Section 30 in Force on Beach Road 25-Jan-2017
No protests will be allowed on national days, says Collector. Collector Pravin Kumar and Commissioner of Police T. Yoganand held a joint press conference to clear the air on the proposed silent protest at RK Beach on January 26, demanding the SCS. According to Mr. Pravin Kumar holding a protest meet on national days such as Independence Day or Republic Day is against the guidelines of Supreme Court and such a move will not be allowed. He said a country-wide high alert has been declared and adequate bandobust was being made on the beach road as the Partnership Summit will be held close to RK Beach.
 
 
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