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Bandh partial, peaceful in city 17-Apr-2018
Protesters squat on roads holding up traffic at busy junctions The bandh call given by the Opposition parties demanding Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh and railway zone with headquarters in Visakhapatnam apart from other assurances given in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, evoked mixed response in the city on Monday. Most of the schools declared a holiday in advance to avoid inconvenience to students. Banks were forced to down their shutters and public were not allowed to go into the banks. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the city. The bandh enforcers squatted on the National Highway at Maddilapalem, staged protests at Jagadamba junction resulting in the main roads and certain stretches of the National Highway, passing through the city, wearing a deserted look. The police diverted the traffic through arterial roads to facilitate the smooth flow of vehicles. This had, however, led to traffic jams on the bylanes. Leaders and activists of the Left parties and the YSR Congress Party squatted on the National Highway at Maddilapalem holding up traffic. The Left activists stayed put outside the Maddilapalem Depot of APSRTC and prevented buses from coming out of the city. YSRCP MP V. Vijay Sai Reddy, former MLAs Malla Vijay Prasad and Tynala Vijay Kumar, party’s district president Gudivada Amarnath went to the BSNL District General Manager’s Office and the Post Office at Dabagardens and forced their closure. Dig at BJP, TDP CPI(M)...
 
2-day workshop on building Startup 16-Apr-2018
2-day workshop on building Startup ecosystem to be held in Vizag. Visakhapatnam: AP Innovation Society in association with DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion) of Government of India, will conduct a two-day workshop on “Start-up Ecosystem Knowledge sharing” focusing on Building inclusive and Vibrant Start-up ecosystems on Monday and Tuesday at the Taj Gateway Hotel here. The objective behind this workshop is to share the knowledge about best practices of the start-up policy, followed by State government of Andhra Pradesh with other states and vice-versa. This workshop was conceptualized during the visit of Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary for DIPP to Sunrise Incubation hub, Vizag during Partnership Summit 2018. He had praised the initiatives taken up by Government of Andhra Pradesh and requested the State government’s nodal agency AP Innovation Society to mentor two states (West Bengal and Chhattisgarh) on creating successful as well as self-sustaining start-up ecosystem. The workshop will be attended by delegation from DIPP, and delegates from Start-up & Innovation councils/societies of around 12 states, AP State Government officials, Start-ups, Technology Business Incubators, Technology Business Accelerators, Industrial bodies such as NASSCOM, FICCI etc. The workshop will focus on the Start-ups, key growth drivers, Extrinsic and Intrinsic hindrances, Start-up Policy and its implementation. It acts as a platform for all the stakeholders of start-up...
 
World Health Day Celebrated 09-Apr-2018
Awareness rallies held to mark the occasion Awareness rallies, skits and meetings marked the World Health Day observed by various hospitals and institutions in the city on Saturday. World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme of this year’s World Health Day is ‘Universal Health Coverage: Everyone- Everywhere – 2018’. A rally was taken out by medical and nursing students, under the auspices of Andhra Medical College (AMC) from Kali Matha temple at R.K. Beach. Some of the students of AMC presented a skit to highlight the importance of World Health Day. Dr. C.V. Rao, Vice Chancellor of Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, flagged off the rally. Dr. P.V. Sudhakar. Principal, AMC, Dr. A. Bhagyalakshmi,Vice Principal, Dr. B. Devimadhavi, Professor and H o D, Community Medicine, Dr. A. Satyanarayana, professor and H o D, Anaesthesiology, Dr. K. Sathya Varaprasad, Director of Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), Dr. Vasundhara, in charge District Medical and Health Officer, and office bearers of IMA, Visakhapatnam, participated in the rally. At Divisional Railway Hospital the Health Department of Waltair Division of East Coast Railway observed the day. An awareness meeting on ‘Universal health coverage, everyone, everywhere’ was conducted under the guidance of the Chief Medical Superintendent B.G. Rao. Additional Divisional Railway Manager...
 
Helmet must for pillion rider too 07-Apr-2018
Traffic police launch special drive to enforce the rule. Now helmet rule has been made compulsory for both the two-wheeler rider and also pillion rider. The City Traffic Police have taken up the drive under Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act – 1998 and they have decided to impose fine from Rs 100 to Rs 200 for pillion riders. To begin with we have taken a drive against youngsters and students and we will slowly take it up against others in a phased way,” said ADCP (Traffic) M. Ramesh Kumar. Accidents on the rise Despite the police initiating a number of preventive measures, accidents involving two-wheelers are on the rise. Of the total of 237 accidents recorded from January to February in 2018, two-wheeler drivers were responsible for about 76 road accidents. In two-wheeler road accidents about 19 people died and as many as 67 were injured, while in four-wheeler road accidents, six died and 59 were injured, said Mr. Ramesh Kumar. Of the 19 deaths in this year, 80 % of them were in the age group between 18 and 35 years and 90 % of them were not wearing helmets and had died due to severe head injuries, said ACP (Traffic) K. Prabhakar. Mr. Prabhakar said, “Most of the fatal cases involving two-wheelers, the cause is head injuries. When wearing a helmet can save a life, why not wear it. One should realise that a death in a family, especially if he or she is the breadwinner, the entire family is ruined. According to a survey by the Ministry of Road...
 
Tributes paid to Jagjivan Ram 06-Apr-2018
Former Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram’s services to the nation were recalled at his 111th birth anniversary organised by the Social Welfare Department. Speaking at the official meeting organised by various departments, ZP Chairperson Lalam Bhavani and Collector Pravin Kumar recalled his services to society and oppressed classes in particular holding several important positions. They gave away benefits worth Rs 91 lakh to 31 persons. MLA Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar, Joint Collector Two A. Siri, SC Corporation executive director Mahalakshmi, Social Welfare deputy director Ramana Murthy and representatives of various associations participated. At the SC Colony at Sitampeta, Fourth Town Dwaraka Zone Circle Inspector Rambabu garlanded the statue of the leader.
 
Vizag Steel March today 05-Apr-2018
CITU will organise a 26-km long Vizag Steel March from Kurmannapalem arch to Old Jail Road near Visakha Women’s College here Thursday. The march in which 3,000 employees of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant will participate will be flagged off at 5.30 a.m. It will culminate into a big meeting at around noon. The meeting is aimed at mobilising public opinion against attempts to privatise VSP. CITU State general secretary M.A. Gafoor, State president Ch. Narsinga Rao, VSP recognised union president J. Ayodhyaram and others will address. This is for the first time that such a march is being taken out to protest against move for disinvestment of a public sector unit. Mr. Narsinga Rao said after Dredging Corporation of India, the NDA Government was making attempts to privatise Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, the corporate entity of VSP.
 
NIT team visits NAD flyover area 31-Mar-2018
Work will begin on April 2: official Experts from NIT, Warangal, on Friday made a field visit to the NAD area where a flyover will come up. Accompanied by VUDA Vice-Chairman P. Basanth Kumar, NIT Director and expert in civil and structural engineering N.V. Rama Rao, Prof. Prasad (Transport) and Prof. Rajesh (Structural Engineering) visited the flyover area. The entire stretch and markings of piers was examined and a number of valuable suggestions that could be implemented came during the visit. The NIT is vetting the design of the double rotary flyover proposed at NAD. VUDA is insisting on a field visit so as to take up any modification required as it will not be possible to take them up later. The experts will return to Warangal and come back with the necessary modifications in a week. The aspects for which modification are required, fall in Phase II and Phase III of the project. ‘Hence we have decided to go ahead with the project and work will begin on April 2 on one pier,’ the Vice-Chairman said. One aspect that received particular attention was arms of the bridge and the need to have a service road. The Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the flyover, estimated to cost ₹113 crore, in October last.
 
RRB staff strike enters Day 2 29-Mar-2018
As a part of the three-day country-wide agitation of regional rural banks, officers and staff of A.P. Grameena Vikas Bank observed strike on second day on Tuesday. They were opposing privatisation of rural banks. The other demands included pension parity with commercial banks, compassionate appointments, computer increment, regularisation of temporary staff, membership in IBA and parity in service rules, according to regional secretary of the Officers’ Association U.R.S.S. Prakash. Over 100 officers and staff participated in a dharna organised at RRB office at Seetammadhara on the first day.
 
Big data analytics to tackle CKDu 24-Mar-2018
Jagathi village in Kaviti mandal has high incidence of disease. Indiscriminate use of drugs and antibiotics was seen among Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) patients of Uddanam region in Srikakulam district, according to the speakers at a seminar on “CKDu”, held at Pinnacle Hospitals here on Friday. The seminar was organised by the Visakhapatnam-based Institute of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (IBCB). Former Vice Chancellor of JNTU-K Allam Appa Rao said studies by the institute have revealed high incidence of CKDu at Jagathi village at 46.5 % and at Patha Varaka at 43.5% . Both the villages were located in Kaviti mandal in Srikakulam district. In Uddanam in eight villages, 30 to 40 % of the people were affected, 25 to 30 % were affected in nine villages and more than 18 % of the population was affected in 54 villages. Prof. Appa Rao called for greater research to arrive at the exact cause of the disease. Dr. Satish P. Ramachandra Rao, Director, Centre for Exosome Research, Trans-Disciplinary University, Bengaluru, gave a PowerPoint presentation on urinary exosomes. Triggering factor A post doctoral fellow from CCMB, Hyderabad, Sudhakar opined that there could be genetic predisposition to CKDu. He said indiscriminate use of drugs and antibiotics, without doctor’s prescription, was seen among the affected people in the Uddanam region and felt it could be a triggering factor for the disease. Professor from the Geo Engineering...
 
Highway blockade peaceful 23-Mar-2018
Parties critical of Centre’s attitude on SCS, rail zone. The highway blockade called by Pratyeka Hoda Sadhana Samiti left and Opposition parties demanding implementation of promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act- 2014, passed off peacefully without any untoward incident both in the city and in the district. Squatting at the Maddilapalem Junction CPI State assistant secretary J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy said “when we initiated the agitation demanding special category status for the State and separate railway zone for Visakhapatnam about two years ago, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu sarcastically told us to shift our protest to New Delhi. Now he himself is upset by the way BJP handled the issues and he was forced to come out of the alliance. It is now our turn to tell him to take the fight to Delhi.. “According to him SCS, separate railway zone and steel plant at Kadapa, are important for the State and we shall not rest till we get it,” he said. YSR Congress Party and Congress joined the left parties. YSRCP and left party workers raised slogans and even played kabbadi in tandem at various junctions in the city. The Congress though present at a few places were seen making their point in isolation. Former Congress MLA Dronamraju Satyanarayana, said “It is no longer a political movement but a people’s movement.” Critical of Prime Minister Modi, Mr. Satyanarayana said, “Today, Congress is being blamed for the division of the State, but it was Mr. Modi wh...
 
 
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