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Vizagsteelplantwingsgivenexcellence 31-May-2017
Vizag steel plant wings given excellence awards VISAKHAPATNAM: Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) CMD P Madhusudan stressed the need to reduce cost of production to compete with the integrated steel makers during 2017-18. He opined that this requires demonstration of team work and transformation of work culture and any management process has to be linked to cost effectiveness, he added. Presenting the certificates of ‘Significant Achievement’ and ‘Strong Commitment’ under ‘Chairman’s Trophy for Excellence’ Awards at Ukkunagaram here on Tuesday, Madhusudan lauded the winning departments for bringing improvements in the internal efficiencies to enhance productivity. He called for fresh commitment from VSP collective in the process and improvement to enhance the image of the company. He said that incremental improvement in a comprehensive manner will help improve the bottom-line. RINL employees have the competencies, potentialities and skill levels to realise the goals, he said. He also exhorted them to translate the abilities into results/actions during the current year to retrieve the lost ground.
 
Hot weathermaycontinueoverTelangana 31-May-2017
However, hot weather is likely to continue over Telangana and coastal Andhra Pradesh up to June 10 or till the monsoon advances. This is because the South West Monsoon advances in ‘pulses’ and not as a ‘continuous stream’. | Photo Credit: Nagara GopalThe South West Monsoon touched Kerala coast on Tuesday as against the normal date of June 1. “The normal South West Monsoon period is from June 1 to Sept 30. The South West Monsoon touched the Gujarat coast by June 15, took a curve and covered East Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and East UP.
 
Vizag land records tampering 31-May-2017
Public hearing on Vizag land records tampering on June 15 The State government has decided to conduct a public hearing on June 15 over serious allegations of tampering of land records by officials to help land grabbers in Visakhapatnam. Deputy Chief Minister K.E. Krishnamurthy will be present at the hearing. Mr. Krishnamurthy said in Vijayawada on Tuesday a team of senior officials from the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) and the revenue department would visit Visakhapatnam to verify the records. The team would conduct the hearing at the district Collector’s office at 11 a.m. The affected persons can lodge complaints with supporting documents. Necessary action would be taken. They need not give in to political pressure, he said. The government would take stern action against the land grabbers. There are allegations that officials had fudged the records on the pretext that they were missing after the Hudhud cyclone. It led to protests by farmers who had been demanding an inquiry. The government, however, announced the public hearing. Meanwhile, Roads and Buildings (R&B) Minister Ch. Ayyannapatrudu, expressing concern over the incidents of fraud involving valuable land and encroachment in and around Visakhapatnam, wanted a cell to be formed with an IAS officer to go into the complaints of the people. To a question at a press conference in Vizag, he said even now 5,000 to 6,000 acres were under encroachment. “People are not going to police ...
 
GSTrateswillimpacthospitalitysector 31-May-2017
GST rates will impact hospitality sector Under GST, hotel room rates between ?1,000 and ? 2,500 price bracket will attract 12 %, 18 % for tariff range between ? 2,500-5,000 and hotels with room tariffs above ? 5,000 will attract 28 % GST rate. While GST rates may not reduce footfalls, Mr Mantri added that in some cases, the hotel owners may have to bear the cost to stay competitive when offering packages. But under the proposed high tax slab will adversely impact the premium category hotels,” the hotel manager said. According to industry estimates, the total losses are estimated to be around ? 500 crore for the whole hospitality sector in India. A sea front hotel manager termed the high tax rate under GST as a “disaster”
 
Hotels observe bandhagainstGST rate 31-May-2017
Nearly 2,000 restaurants observed a shutdown in the city on Tuesday in protest against heavy GST rate proposed on them. Some of the star hotels also expressed their solidarity with them by closing their restaurants for sometime. The shutdown was part of a strike called by the hoteliers’ associations in the entire South India. Visakha Hotel Merchants’ Association secretary T. Janardhana Rao told The Hindu that the response was overwhelming. He said they would continue protests in some other forms to bring pressure on the government to change the taxation system. As per earlier system, he said the State was charging 5% VAT on turnover below ?1.40 crore. For AC restaurants service tax used to be extra. Now as per the new system it will be 5% for turnover below ?50 lakh.
 
Sujala Sravantiwillassureirrigation 31-May-2017
Sujala Sravanti will assureirrigation for upland area. Thanking Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for sanctioning of the Phase I of Uttarandhra Sujala Sravanti at the Mahanadu, R&B Minister Ch. The project would use the surplus water of 11 tmcft after allocation to Yeleru reservoir and Yeleru ayacut, he said. Recalling the movement of former Minister Konathala Ramakrishna for Raiwada reservoir water to farmers, he said he had agitated but the TDP government would make it a reality once the Sujala Sravanti was completed. The police worked well in traffic regulation and volunteers of TDP saw to the comfort of the leaders and cadres. Water will be lifted from the Polavaram left main canal at Jammadulapalem near Tallapalem to the Pedapudi reservoir in Butchaiapeta mandal.
 
Plasticpollutiona majorthreattocity 31-May-2017
"It's disheartening to see tonnes of plastic flags and flexi banners when we are trying to reduce plastic waste. Visakhapatnam: Environment lovers and green organisations question the pollution created by the several tonnes of plastic that is generated during political and religious gatherings in the city. Added to it is the environment pollution caused by thousands of plastic bottles, water and buttermilk sachets.Environment-conscious organisation India Youth for Society has recently written to GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan and urged him to implement Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 and sought proper recycling and management of plastic waste. Currently, yellow plastic flags and flexi boards of politicians have flooded the city.Whenever a fest, religious or political programme happens, flags, festoons, banners and flexi boards adorn the city at all junctions and road dividers. The organisation had already begun a campaign P4 (Prevent Polythene - Protect Planet) to urge people to reduce plastic waste by using alternatives such as cloth bags and metal items.
 
Hyena triggers hysteria 31-May-2017
Srikakulam: A hyena that was spotted moving in the bushes close to a closed sugar factory near Srikakulam Road railway station created panic among the residents in Amudalavalasa on Tuesday. The people thought that it was leopard and passed the news to residents of Vusavanipeta as well. Passengers from the railway station also reached the spot to catch a glimpse of the wild animal. Speaking to TOI, Srikakulam district forest officer Ch Shanti Swaroop said a team was sent to verify the news. Based on the movement and the body structure, their team preliminarily confirmed that it was a hyena.
 
poultry lovers pay a bombat Rs240Kg 31-May-2017
Visakhapatnam: The scorching summer heat took a toll on the poultry industry in three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam with nearly 40% of the birds perishing since May 10. Farmers of north coastal region produce 35 to 40 lakh poultry birds a month. With maximum temperatures soaring to 47 degree Celsius this May, the mortality rate of poultry hens has gone up to 35-40% in the region from 2-3 per cent, poultry traders said. The sudden shortage of supply has triggered a spike in prices of the meat. After May 10, prices of 1 kg poultry chicken rose from below Rs 90 to above Rs 120. Similarly, price of a kg of skinless chicken rose from Rs 160 to Rs 240 in north coastal AP. T Adinarayana, owner of six units of poultry farms in Anandapuram and president of Broiler Industry Welfare of Greater Visakha, attributed the rise in prices to the soaring temperature after May 10. Adinarayana said a poultry hen eats 180 to 200 grams of food every day after 6.30 pm, but due to the summer heat the birds are consuming less than 50 grams a day. This food problem forced the birds to perish, leading to the shortage. "Prices of the meat will come down soon with the fall of maximum temperatures, cloudy weather and rains. We expect the prices to come down after June 10," Adinarayana told
 
AU Hindi prof wins national award 31-May-2017
Visakhapatnam: The Gagan Saran Singh Puraskar (National Award) was conferred on professor S Sesharatnam, former head of the department of Hindi at Andhra University. She received the award from the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday. Professor S Sesharatanam has conducted four major UGC research projects and is considered a bridge between Telugu and Hindi. She has translated many Telugu books into Hindi with her main aim being introducing Hindi readers to the greatness of Telugu literature. She also wrote a book on Telugu, folk Literature 'Telugu Lok Sahitya Ke Vividh Vdhayen' that was released at the 9th World Hindi Conference recently at Johannesburg. She is also a key player in promoting implementation programmes of official language-Hindi in various ministries of the central government. TNN
 
 
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