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Rich tributes paid to NTR 19-Jan-2018
Visakhapatnam: The TDP leaders and workers paid tributes to TDP founder and former Chief Minister NTR by garlanding his statue at the RK Beach to mark his 22nd death anniversary here on Thursday. The TDP leaders demanded Bharat Ratna for the late leader. TDP workers donated blood at a blood donation camp in the city, including party office. Minister for IT Nara Lokesh called upon the party cadre to conduct 300 blood camps with a target of 40,000 units of blood to be collected across the state to commemorate NTR’s death anniversary. East TDP MLA VRK Babu said that NTR was an inspiring leader. His life is an inspiration to the people. Later he distributed sarees for Anganwadi teachers at his party office.
 
Vizag District Stands Second 13-Jan-2018
Vizag district stands second in State in JB. Minister felicitates Collector The district stood second in the State in the fifth round of “Janmabhoomi-Maa Vooru” programme that concluded on Thursday. At the Zilla Parishad conference hall, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao congratulated District Collector Pravin Kumar and felicitated him. The achievement was made possible by the co-operation right from panchayat level, he said. At the district level programme, he gave away merit certificates and mementos to 172 persons. Among those selected for the awards were GVMC, Elamanchili municipality, Anantagiri and Narsipatnam mandals and 39 gram panchayats. ZP Chairperson Lalam Bhavani, MLC P.V.N. Madhav and Joint Collector G. Srijana participated.
 
New scuba diving hotspot 10-Jan-2018
Vizag could be new scuba diving hotspot. Discovery of a 200-year-old shipwreck has the diving community all excited The rare discovery of a 200-year-old shipwreck is set to turn the quaint fishing village of Bheemunipatnam, about 45 km from Visakhapatnam, into the next big scuba diving destination of the country. The wreck, located just six metres below the sea surface was first spotted by scuba divers Balaram Naidu and dive master Anil Kumar on December 21. The team made their second exploration to the wreck site on Monday and the findings have the scuba diving community all excited. Preliminary observations revealed the shipwreck site to be spread over a vast area. Our findings indicate the ship to be around 200 years old, and 150 metres in length. But we are still in the process of putting together all the facts,” said Mr. Naidu who is also the director of Livein Adventures, a Visakhapatnam-based firm that conducts adventure sports. On Monday the scuba diving team spotted parrot fish, yellow back snappers, sweetlips, ribbonfish, moray eel, and lion fish among other rich aquatic life in and around the shipwreck. According to experienced scuba divers, this is probably the only wreck site in the world at such a shallow depth, making it accessible even to novice divers and non-swimmers. “Most of the world’s famous shipwreck sites are located deep in the ocean where only experienced and certified scuba divers can go,” Mr. Kumar said.
 
Police gears up to tackle cockfight 10-Jan-2018
Vizag police gears up to tackle cockfight. Police Commissioner has asked all police stations to form teams and increase patrolling in potential areas. If the police do not receive a last-minute nod from the government, staging cockfight during the coming Sankranti festival will be a difficult proposition for organisers and punters. Based on a Supreme Court order, the High Court of Hyderabad had in December 2016 issued a directive to ban cockfight and made the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police answerable if the sport was staged. But this directive seems to be only on paper: last year, a day before the beginning of the festival, an informal order from authorities was circulated and the enforcement officers were allegedly told to turn a blind eye to the blood sport. Cockfight is organised in high stakes in districts such as East and West Godavari, Guntur and Krishna. But since the past two years, Visakhapatnam has also joined the league to become a hotspot. Unlike in other places where cockfights are organised in rural areas, in Visakhapatnam it was organised behind a hillock in Arilova area. Makeshift arenas were constructed and the place was readied to accommodate over 10,000 people at a time. Punters set up counters, tokens were issued, roosters were brought in from various districts and, as per conservative estimates, the total amount of money put into betting exceeded ₹40 crore in just two days. What can we do when we receive instruc...
 
ATMs Dry Up In City 09-Jan-2018
ATMs dry up in city ahead of Sankranti. Visakhapatnam: In a re-run of the demonetization aftermath that saw a shortage of cash crippling ATMs in the city, people in the city are once again complaining of a city-wide shortage of cash at ATMs in the run-up to the Sankranti festival with a majority of ATMs of various banks in North Andhra districts and East Godavari running dry for the past few days. With the festival only five days away, scores of people are facing a cash crunch as they are not getting money at ATMs. Serpentine queues are witnessed at the few ATMs that have some cash.
 
Pink Run Sends Loud Message 08-Jan-2018
Braving morning chill, over 3,000 women participate in it. The energy was infectious on Sunday morning with over 3,000 women and children turning up for the third edition of ‘Vizag Going Pink’ held at beach road. The events – 3 km, 5 km, 10 km and 21 km runs – were flagged off by supermodel-turned-actor and fitness enthusiast Milind Soman and ACP (traffic) Kinjarapu Prabhakar. Several mothers with babies strapped to their bodies and spirited senior citizens braved the early morning chill to report at the starting point, opposite Viswapriya Function Hall. Coming all the way from Hyderabad, Anjana Pushpam participated in the marathon carrying her eight-month-old son in a baby carrier. “This is my third year of participation in Pinkathon. Last year, I was four months pregnant and took part in the 3K category. It is very encouraging to see so many women get together and participate in the programme. It has certainly helped me focus on my fitness and health before and after delivery,” she said. It was heartening to see several schoolchildren participate in various categories of the marathon. Six-year-old Sri Vismaya Gadhiraju gave a spirited attempt at 5 k run. “This was my second marathon run and I felt very excited,” said the little girl as she hopped back to the finishing line. Her sister Sri Vennela, 14, completed the 10 K run and is now eyeing on the 20 K category for her next marathon. There were selfies galore at the venue with many women and young girls doin...
 
Railways to Operate Special Trains 06-Jan-2018
Railways to operate special trains to clear festive rush. VISAKHAPATNAM: The railways have decided to operate special trains to clear extra rush of passengers during the festive season. The 07016 Kacheguda-Visakhapatnam weekly special train will leave Kacheguda on Tuesdays from February 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 6.45pm and reach Visakhapatnam the next day at 7.50am. The 07479 Visakhapatnam-Tirupati weekly special express will leave Visakhapatnam on Wednesdays from February 7 to 28 at 7.05pm and reach Tirupati the next day at 9.25am. The 06058 Chennai Central-Santragachhi special will leave Chennai Central on Wednesdays from January 10 to March 28 at 3.15pm and reach Visakhapatnam on Thursdays at 5.10am. It will depart at 5.30am and reach Santragachhi the same day at 7pm. In the return direction, The 06057 Santragachhi-Chennai Central will leave Santragachhi on Thursdays from January 11 to March 29 at 11.50pm and reach Visakhapatnam on Fridays at 2.15pm. It will depart at 2.45pm and reach Chennai Central on Saturdays at 5.30am. The 06010 Puducherry-Santragachhi will leave Puducherry on Saturdays from January 6 to March 31 at 7.15pm and reach Duvvada the next day at 1.43pm. It will leave Vizag at 1.45pm and reach Santragachhi on Mondays at 4.30am.
 
Take Charge Of Your Health 05-Jan-2018
Take charge of your health, women told. About 3,000 women likely to take part in ‘Vizag Going Pink’ At 53, the man continues to define fitness with an enviably chiselled body. So when supermodel-turned-actor and Pinkathon ambassador Milind Soman interacted with a large gathering of women at Concentrix on Thursday, it was no surprise that his persuasive persona inspired many of them to make an attempt at doing push-ups and pledging to start a healthy lifestyle. Mr. Soman was in the city ahead of the third edition of the ‘Vizag Going Pink’ to be held on January 7. Exhorting women to take charge of their health, he said they should not feel guilty of taking time away from their family responsibilities. Mr. Soman was accompanied by his 78-year-old mother Usha Soman also a fitness enthusiast. The former professor of biochemistry defied age by doing push-ups, competing with a youngster, amidst loud cheer from the audience. Speaking about his mother, Mr. Soman said We inspire each other. She was in the news for completing a 100km walk in 41 hours for the Oxfam Trailwalk event and a video of hers planking for more than a minute in a sari that went viral. Entrepreneur and professional skater Rana Uppalapati said close to 3,000 women were expected to take part in this year’s edition of ‘Vizag Going Pink’. The event is being organised by Arena Events and United Sisters Foundation. Participants can enroll for the run which will be held in three categories — 3 km, 5 km ...
 
GVMC to Build More Public Toilets 03-Jan-2018
They will be located at places where tourist footfalls are more. To meet the need for public toilets particularly where a large number of people move about GVMC is constructing more toilets. Achieving ODF status through providing toilets has been the strength of GVMC propelling it to the third position in the 2017 Swachh Survekshan. An additional 80 to 90 toilets are being taken up this year providing all facilities, particularly to improve their availability at places frequently visited by people, says Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan. The toilets will be provided at places where there is more tourist footfall, Mr. Hari Naraynan said.. It is also important to provide clean and neat toilets to sustains the ODF status that the city got, the Commissioner said. One such toilet that included bathing facilities separately for men and women was constructed near Simhachalam Railway Station. It was constructed at a cost of 10 lakh. The city is also the first to introduce container toilets. DCI under SCR provided five container toilets. With their being good, with CSR funds of HPCL another 10 are being set up. Container toilets will be placed to meet requirement where there is more need for but they cannot be constructed owing to space constraint, Mr. Hari Naraynan said. Central Park in the heart of the city and Rushikonda, tourist hub, near MVP Colony Ruthu Bazar, Simhachalam where a number of religious festivals are held throughout the year are ...
 
Aircraft Museum A Big Draw 29-Dec-2017
People queued up for the opening of TU-142 Aircraft Museum much before its opening for public on Thursday afternoon. The museum inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind recently, was opened to public on the first day of Visakha Utsav. Soon after the visit by Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Marketing Minister Ch. Adinarayana Reddy visited the aircraft museum it was thrown open to public. The excitement was so much that a large number of persons that queued up at the Kursura submarine museum across the road immediately rushed to the TU 142. Besides the flight simulator game set up as a part of museum proved a big draw. The ticket was priced at Rs 70 for the aircraft museum and at Rs 100 for the simulator game. Timings: The newly-opened TU-142 Aircraft Museum and the Kursura Submarine museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the Visakha Utsav days, according to official information.
 
 
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