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Pink Run Sends Loud Message

Posted on 08-Jan-2018

Pink Run Sends Lo...
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 doing push-ups to get a selfie with Milind Soman. His 79-year-old mother Usha Soman was equally a star attraction at the event for her friendly nature and inspiring chats with the participants, who thronged her after she completed her 10 K run. “I loved running in Vizag. The roads are very clean and it is one of the most beautiful cities. It was an ideal weather for running,” she said. Sharing her fitness secret, the septuagenarian said she followed a simple home-cooked diet sans white sugar and never missed her daily walks. The event also saw participation from a group of differently-abled children.

Deepa Deval and her team kept the fitness tempo alive with a Zumba dance event held on the sidelines of the marathon. A lucky draw was held for the participants where the winner got special prizes from Tanishq. The first prize winners in the 21 k, 10k, 5k and 3k runs were Navya, MD Heenakausar, P.P. Harshini and P.K. Tejaswini, respectively. The event was organised by Arena Events and United Sisters Foundation.
ATMs Dry Up In City Posted on 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.

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 instructions from the hig

New scuba diving hotspot Posted on 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.

The special buses, launched by the Visakhapatnam Region of APSRTC as part of the ‘Divya Darshan’ programme of the State government, were flagged off by Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao here on Wednesday. On Wednesday (first day), the pilgrims will be taken for darshan of Lord Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at Simhachalam and later to Dwaraka Tirumala temple in West Godavari district. They would halt for the night there and leave the next morning (January 11). After darhsan of Lord Siva at Peda Kakani in Guntur, they would be taken to Sri Kalahasti temple in Chittoor district. Night halt They would halt for the night at Sri Kalahasti. On January 12, they would be taken to Sri Padmavati Devi temple at Tiruchanoor and after darshan of the goddess, they would be taken to Tirupati for night halt. After darshan of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala on January 13, they would proceed to Kamakshi temple in Nellore. The other temples to be covered as part of the yatra include: Sri Satyanarayana Swamy temple at Annavaram and Sri Nookalamma temple at Anakapalle. The cost of travel, food accommodation and other amenities during the pilgrimage will be met by the government.

DCI Bags Cochin Port Contract Posted on 12-Jan-2018
Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) has bagged a contract from Cochin Port worth Rs.85.15 crore through a global tender. DCI has been carrying out the maintenance dredging works at Cochin Port continuously since 2011-12. Cochin Port invited global tender for maintenance dredging for 2017-18 during August 2017 – considered one of the major maintenance dredging projects in India. DCI participated in the bidding process and stood as the lowest bidder with Rs.88.51 crore, thereby successfully retaining the work in its order book for next year. The dredging at Cochin Port is to be carried out throughout the year by deploying two dredgers. DCI is the only PSU in the dredging field in India and is securing all major contracts through open competitive bidding process. The Union Cabinet decided sometime ago for strategic disinvestment of DCI.

Vizag District Stands Second Posted on 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.

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