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Tourism Award For Vizag City 23-Sep-2017
Visakhapatnam Railway Station has been adjudged as the ‘Best Tourist-friendly Railway Station’ in Andhra Pradesh by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority (APTA). The award will be presented at the State Tourism Annual Excellence Awards – 2017 to be held at Ramakrishna Beach on the World Tourism Day on Sept 27. The APTA award is another feather in the cap of Visakhapatnam Railway Station, which was selected as the ‘No.1 Railway Station in Cleanliness among A-1 category stations in India by the Ministry of Railways. Visakhapatnam Railway Station was chosen for the award in view of the availability of tourist-friendly infrastructure such as seating facilities, AC/non-AC waiting halls, toilets, eating outlets, food courts, maintenance and upkeep of railway station, availability of tourist facilitation counter, pre-paid auto/taxi counters, retiring rooms, facilities for physically challenged persons like ramps, battery operated cars, lifts and escalators, according to Divisional Commercial Manager (coordination) of Waltair Division G. Suneel Kumar on Friday.
 
Vizag Railway Station Goes Cashless 21-Sep-2017
Visakhapatnam: Passengers can now make transactions visiting Point of Sale (PoS) machines arranged at several railway counters and e-Wallets at all the stalls at the railway station. They were opened on Wednesday. Divisional Railway Manager Mukul Saran Mathur after opening the services announced that Visakhapatnam Railway Station as 100 per cent Digital Payment Enabled (Digi PAY) Station. Visakhapatnam Railway Station is one of the major railway stations in East Coast Railway which handles 118 trains per day, receives more than 60,000 footfalls and more than 80,000 per day during the festive season generating revenue of more than Rs 30 lakhs per day. Being the hub of educational centres, industrial hub, tourism destination, the city has potential to move towards DiGi payments. Mathur later told that Digi-Pay services were provided at the general ticket booking counters, reservation complex, water vending machines, cloakrooms, coffee, tea stalls, ATMs, parking, parcel office, book stalls, fruit juice stalls, pay and use toilets and other points on the station premises.
 
World Ozone Day Observed At Vizag 18-Sep-2017
White tiger cub released for public viewing. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park observed the World Ozone Day with a series of programmes on Saturday. An awareness programme was conducted in association with the Green Climate NGO. Students, volunteers and visitors participated in the programme. The programme highlighted the effects of ozone layer depletion and best practices to protect ozone layer were explained. Zoo curator B. Vijay Kumar spoke on the significance of the day. On the occasion, the four-month-old white tiger cub, kraal, in the day for public viewing.
 
AirAsia to Operate Flights 18-Sep-2017
The airline seeks time slots. AirAsia will operate direct flights to Bangkok from Visakhapatnam either from October or from November this year. The airline submitted a letter to Airport Director of Visakhapatnam International Airport requesting for time slots. Tour and Travel Operators Association of Andhra (TTOA) has been following up continuously with the airline operator starting with the visit of High Commissioner of Thailand Pisan Manawat and his team and also the top decision makers of Thai Smile to Visakhapatnam on August 31, 2013, according to TTOA chairman O. Naresh Kumar and its president K. Vijay Mohan. In the absence of a direct flight, people from Vizag region are going to Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata to catch flights to Bangkok and other cities in Thailand.
 
Introduce More Trains, Demand MPs 16-Sep-2017
Completion of pending projects figures prominently at the divisional panel meet. Members of Parliament, who attended the Divisional Committee meeting of Waltair Division of East Coast Railway here on Friday, sought early completion of pending projects and introduction of trains sanctioned in the last budget. The MPs sought among other things early introduction of the Visakhapatnam-Varanasi train, additional Vistadome coach on the Araku train, running of a special train from Visakhapatnam to Araku for tourists, reducing the journey time of AP AC Express, setting up a Railway Recruitment Board for Andhra Pradesh in Visakhapatnam. Earlier, welcoming the gathering, ECoR General Manager Umesh Singh spoke on the performance of the zone and various developmental activities being undertaken over the zone. Divisional Railway Manager Mukul Saran Mathur presented the division’s performance and achievements.
 
Kamineni Inaugurates Dialysis, IRCU 14-Sep-2017
Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas inaugurated a dialysis unit and an Intensive Respiratory Care Unit (IRCU) at the King George Hospital (KGH) here on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Srinivas said that the KGH was catering to not only patients from North Andhra districts but also those from neighbouring Odisha and Chattisgarh States and hence top priority was being given to provide modern high-end medical equipment and appointment of full-fledged doctors and staff nurses and employees. He said 20 dialysis units were being provided at the KGH under public-private participation jointly by the Central government and Nephro Plus. While 14 dialysis units were already installed, the remaining six would be provided soon. He commended the KGH administration and staff for doing more work with less staff. KGH Superintendent G. Arjuna and Andhra Medical College principal P.V. Sudhakar were present.
 
Araku Coffee to Spread Its Aroma 11-Sep-2017
Girijan Cooperative Corporation to open its cafe by year-end. The humble cup of coffee that cheers up mood, initiates conversation and relaxes you from a tiring day is brewing up a storm in the city. The current market dominated by outlets like Cafe Coffee Day, Baristas and other local cafe shops will soon get another name to the list. And this time it is a brand that is already creating ripples across the region and also in Paris with its aromatic coffee flavours. In a first, the Girijan Cooperative Corporation (GCC) is planning to start its chain of cafes starting from Visakhapatnam. The cafe will have a contemporary decor to compete with the existing players in the market and will showcase the best tastes of Araku coffee in the city.
 
Vizag to Host National Arogya Fair 06-Sep-2017
Visakhapatnam: As part of promoting indigenous and alternative forms of medicines, Visakhapatnam to host a four-day National Arogya Fair which is being organised jointly by the Central and State governments as well as New Delhi-based PHD Chambers of Commerce, from September 8 to 11 at Andhra University Exhibition Grounds. Several Central and state governments Ministers would take part in the inaugural of the event. According to organisers, it is expected that the event would see the footfall of 10,000 visitors. To create awareness about the i medicinal practices among teenagers and youth, the Collector directed the educational institutions to send their Class IX, X and Intermediate students for attending the event. Every year Arogya Fair is being organised in different states. This time the opportunity was given to Andhra Pradesh and Visakhapatnam was chosen for organising the Arogya Mela. There would be two segments for putting up the government and private stalls relating to Ayurveda and Unani. In the third segment organisers would conduct lectures and seminars on the indigenous medicinal fields. Some of the big companies like Dabur and Patanjali will put up their outlets at the location. There will be cultural programmes in the evenings.
 
RFID Access Gate Opened at Vizag 02-Sep-2017
VISAKHAPATNAM: A radio frequency identification gate (RFID) was opened at the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) on Thursday. The key objective of the proposed RFID access gate is to enhance security at all gates, automate and speed up movement of port activity, generate visibility of activities in and around port area and to comply with ISPS (International Ship and Port Security Code). The RFID-based access control system will help the port accomplish ease of doing business in a more transparent and efficient manner. VPT chairman MT Krishnababu inaugurated the gate at East Quay-7 and GCB Gate on the port premises. Krishnababu said as part of "Modernization of Indian Sea Ports" and in order to enhance security, removal of bottle necks of seamless movements of traffic across port gates, ensure tracking, tracing of men, material, vehicle and equipment, the port initiated implementation of RFID-based access control systems.
 
City Braves 13 Cm Rain in Two Days 01-Sep-2017
Social media abuzz with ‘hail Vizag’ for best drainage facility. The City of Destiny on an average collects about 955 mm of rainfall on an annual basis. But just in two days (August 29 and 30) the city received about 138 mm of rainfall (78.1 mm and 60.2 mm), which was much higher over the normal standards, and despite that there was no flooding at any place across the city. Heavy rain hardly had any impact on normal life in the city. And this has set the social media abuzz. Hardcore Vizagites have poured their heart out in backing the city as the cleanest and the best.
 
 
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