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A free, green ride onthe Vizagbeach

Posted on 20-Apr-2017

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Tourists, visitors enjoy e-rickshaw rides in the evening

Now you can hop on an e-rickshaw and enjoy a free ride on the Beach Road here. With an aim to popularise the eco-friendly mode of transport, a city based e-rickshaw dealer is giving tourists and visitors a feel of this smooth and compact clean energy vehicle every evening.

An initiative started by Gaurav Gupta, the Andhra Pradesh dealer of the Goenka Electric Motor Vehicles (GEMV), the rides have already garnered lot of curiosity among visitors. “This is a very good initiative to promote a pollution-free transport facility. We found the ride very smooth and comfortable,” said Shalini and Meenakshi Gupta, tourists from Ludhiana, who took the free e-rickshaw ride from the Kali Temple to the VUDA Park.

Goenka Electric Motor Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. is the manufacturer of e-rickshaws certified by the government-approved International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT). The e-rickshaw free rides were started 10 days ago as part of a promotional strategy following a Government Order dated March 2, 2017, passed by AP Government permitting use of e-rickshaws as a mode of public transport.

Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada have two to three dealers of e-rickshaws. However, the sale of the vehicles is yet to pick up. “While there is a good market for the product, buyers are apprehensive as getting financial assistance from banks is an issue in the absence of RTO registration. We are hoping that this issue will be fixed by the government soon,” said Mr. Gupta.

He is also the dealer of the GEMV e-rickshaw in Jharkhand where the concept has picked up well. Currently, the loader variety of e-rickshaws are being used in the city within the premises of resorts, golf clubs and the zoo park.

The rules define e-rickshaw as a special purpose battery operated vehicle “having three wheels and intended to provide last mile connectivity for transport of passengers for hire or reward”. The maximum speed of the vehicle is not more than 30 kmph.

With the onset of summer holidays and peak tourist season, the free e-rickshaw rides will continue for another two months. “The fares are 70% cheaper compared to fuel auto-rickshaws. The main idea of the promotional free rides is to make people aware of the concept,” Mr. Gupta added.
Breeders bet on Ongole bulls Posted on 20-Apr-2017
The pure breed of Ongole cattle (Bos indicus) has flourished on the tracts between Gundalakamma and Musi rivers for centuries. Prized possession Trainers parade their Ongole bulls at Madirala, near N.G. A well-bred pair of Ongole bulls fetches anywhere between ? 40 lakh and ? 50 lakh, says G. Sai Babu, who organises boulder pulling competition at Madiralapadu every year during summer. The State government should sponsor special cattle shows and racing events for the farmers to evince interest in rearing the bulls, they plead. “The bulls are even given tender coconut and glucose water after a energy-sapping workouts,” adds another bull trainer K. Krishna, getting ready for an absorbing contest in the temple town of Markapur.

Opinion divided over English medium in municipal schools. Government begins consultations with stakeholders on the move While the government is proposing to introduce English as a medium of instruction in municipal schools from 2017-18 academic year and has begun consultations with stakeholders, opinion is still divided on the move. The government has issued a GO for introducing English as a medium of instruction in January itself, but kept it in abeyance following opposition. With the new academic year approaching, consultations with stakeholders have begun in schools in GVMC. “The meetings with stake-holders are being conducted by the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas and the decision of the government is awaited,” say officials. The consultations begun with Nehru Municipal School and so far eight to nine meetings were held. The process that is simultaneously going on all over the State is expected to be completed by April 23. After that reports will be sent to the government. Parents are said to be opposing the introduction of English medium in all classes at one go in high schools. They want Class X to be exempted as it would be difficult to switch over for students who have studied all along in Telugu medium as they have to face the all-important public examination. Besides, textbooks in English and Telugu media should also be provided for Classes VI to IX. At primary level, parents want both the media run parallel up to Class V, sources say qu

Chandigarh team visits GVMC Posted on 20-Apr-2017
An official delegation from Chandigarh Urban Local Body was all praise for measures taken by GVMC for beautification of the city, sanitation, development of roads and it becoming open defecation-free. Senior Deputy Mayor Rajesh Kumar Gupta, who led the delegation, said on Wednesday the effective implementation of various programmes helped the city get ranks in Swachh Bharat and smart city projects. A presentation on various programmes being implemented was made.

Wood carving artist sets sights on world record. He has made over 1,000 masterpieces A piece of wood, a chisel, a hacksaw blade and a few hours of time are enough for Vallivireddy Srinivasa Rao to carve out a wooden marvel. The self-taught artist is adept at making wooden portraits and created over 1,000 masterpieces in the past two decades. His fascination for wooden marvels turned into a passion when he was in Class IX. “That was when I spent kneeling down in the principal’s room for not completing my homework. “But, the wooden portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru kept on the desk caught my attention and I promised myself that one day I would be experimenting with the medium,” he told The Hindu. A couple of years down the line, he kept his promise. Initially, the student-turned-artist started off with decorative pieces and later tried designing wooden portraits with equal ease. His masterpieces comprise portraits of freedom fighters, political leaders and film personalities. Mr. Rao found place in the Limca Book of Records, High Range Book of Records and Book of State Records for carving over 650 wooden portraits. With a collection of over 1,000 wooden carvings, Mr. Rao’s next endeavour is to enter the Guinness Book.

Team from Russia in city Posted on 22-Apr-2017
Optimistic about partnership opportunities A high-power delegation from Chelyabinsk Region of Russia led by its Governor Boris A. Dubrovskiy had a hectic schedule in Visakhapatnam on Friday to explore business opportunities of mutual interest. After interacting with business community at a meeting organised by the AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation (APCCIF) and AP Economic Development Board, Mr. Dubrovskiy told The Hindu that they had high expectations. “India and Russia are known as very friendly nations and both A.P. and Chelyabinsk Region have several areas where partnership/collaboration opportunities can be worked out,” he said. The Governor said they were looking at partnerships in defence, automobile manufacturing, shipbuilding, agriculture and animal husbandry, education and information technology. The team which came on a two-day official visit to A.P. on an invitation by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will leave for Vijayawada on Saturday. It is scheduled to meet Mr. Naidu. Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) will give a Power-Point Presentation on capital of Amaravati. Traditional welcome APEDB CEO K. Krishna Kishore and others accorded a traditional welcome on arrival to the team. HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who interacted with the Governor and the team members, apprised them of the pro-active measures being taken to make A.P. a leading investment destination under the leadership of Mr. Chandrababu Naidu. He also recalled the

Visakhapatnam: Boris Dubrovsky, Governor of Chelyabinsk region and other industrialists from Russia visited Vizag as part of their foreign direct investment plans in developing the state of Andhra Pradesh, for which a meeting was held at a hotel in the city.HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao was the chief guest at the programme. Speaking on this occasion, he said that there are plenty of facilities for investments in the sectors of defence, manufacturing and infrastructure at Andhra Pradesh and foreign investors should make use of those resources. Highlights: Amaravati the new capital city is being built with world class standards Vizag is the best place with the longest coastal line, which gives a vast scope for AP to develop a ship building cluster The World Bank has identified Andhra Pradesh as the best place for investments and the state government also cooperates in building up friendly atmosphere for doing business to the investors.Rao also said that last year during the Chief Minister’s visit to Russia he invited Russian government and other foreign delegates for doing business in AP. As per his invitation Russian governor, ministers and other industrialists visited the state .He also added that Vizag is the best place with the longest coastal line, which gives a vast scope for AP to develop a ship building cluster.Chelyabinsk region of Russia was running large scale industries with heavy mechanised equipment in their region. The minister appealed to them that the

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