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Vizag 'first less-cash city'

Posted on 07-Mar-2018

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Initiative to make Vizag ‘first less-cash city’.

State Bank launches roadshow on ‘Digital Dhan Sankalp’ project.

A road show was organised at the Gajuwaka branch of State Bank of India (SBI) here on Tuesday as part of the Vizag Digital Dhan Sankalp project, an initiative of the Government of AP, to make Visakhapatnam as the country’s ‘first less-cash city’ in India.

Deputy General Manager of SBI M. Diwakar and Additional Commissioner of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) Varma flagged off the campaign at Gajuwaka. Mr.Diwakar said SBI had partnered with GVMC to promote the use of digital transactions by merchants and traders. He said SBI in association with Visa would act as a banking partner, in this initiative, which was designed to make Vizag as the first ‘less-cash’ city in the country.

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SBI would utilize its branch network and marketing teams to promote the digital payment mode among traders by telling them about the benefits of extending digital mode of payment options to their customers. Mr. Varma said the large branch network of SBI would come in handy in the promotion of digital payment options among the traders. GVMC has about 7,500 employees, including contract workers, and they would also be utilized for creating awareness among the traders on the benefits of digital transactions. SBI RM G.V. Shastry and liaison officer R.R. Naidu were present.
Drop in number of road accidents in 2017. Despite a number of preventive measures initiated by the Traffic Police Department, two wheelers continue to lead in the number of road accidents in the city. As per statistics released by the department on Wednesday of the total of 237 accidents recorded so far this year, two wheeler drivers were responsible for about 76 road accidents. The second and third positions are taken by four wheelers and trucks with 58 and 48 accidents respectively. According to ADCP (Traffic) M. Ramesh Kumar, 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. Similarly in road accidents involving lorries, 10 people died and 53 were injured, while in accidents involving autos, three died and 27 were injured, he said. Young drivers He further said the number of cases involving youngsters driving two-wheelers was on the rise. “Parents must play a key role in educating the youngster about safe driving,” he said. It may be recalled that 1,613 road accidents were reported in 2017, as against 1,736 in 2016. In 2017, the number of deaths recorded was 327 and the injured figure stood at 1,446. In 2016, it was 370 deaths and 1,502 injuries. The Traffic Police booked a whopping 28,570 drunken driving cases in 2017 and about 441 drunken drivers were sent to jail by the court this year.

A special ‘drive’ for girls Posted on 09-Mar-2018
Transport Department organises driving licence mela A special driving licence mela was organised by the Transport Department at AU College of Engineering for Women on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Shivajipalem here on Thursday. The test was conducted in the temporary track prepared on the college ground and licences were issued to the eligible students. Collector Pravin Kumar and Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao formally inaugurated the mela and later handed over the licences to the eligible girls. The Collector said that all students should compulsorily obtain the driving licence. He said that such special melas were already conducted at 21 engineering colleges in the district. He said that Visakhapatnam district was the first in the State to organise special driving melas for students. Lauding the Transport Department, Police and Engineering Departments for their efforts in reducing the road accident deaths by 21% in 2017 compared to the previous year. He suggested that it should be reduced further.

Award for AU professor Posted on 09-Mar-2018
M. Jagannadha Rao senior professor of geology and director Information Management Centre (IMC), Andhra University, has been awarded ‘Scientist of the Year – 2017’ award by National Environmental Science Academy, New Delhi, at the NESA’s annual meet held in Bhopal recently. The award was given for his exceptional achievement in the fields of research in earth sciences, energy and environment. He was honoured with a certificate, citation, memento and a gold medal.

BSNL expands wings Posted on 10-Mar-2018
1.46 lakh new mobile customers added to it The public sector mobile service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has attracted 1.46 lakh new mobile customers in Visakhapatnam Telecom District, during the present fiscal (2017-18) till Feb 2. Now there are 7.88 lakh prepaid and 39,000 post-paid customers for BSNL in the district. A total of five new cell towers have been commissioned in the district at Darakonda (Visakhapatnam Agency area), the DSNLU (Law University at Sabbavaram), L & T at Rambilli, Apollo Hospital at Arilova and AP EPDCL at Gajuwaka, principal general manager Nalini Verma told the media here on Friday. The number of 3-G towers has gone up to 258 and 2-G towers have gone up to 348. A total of 50 data towers and 12 3-G towers (voice) would be added during the next financial year. A total of 10 Wi-fi hotspots have been commissioned and 10 more would be commissioned soon. BSNL has also introduced new bulk user Wi-fi hot spot to organisations with a number of access points with a bandwidth of 2, 4, 10 Mbps. The customer has to pay the annual charges for the Wi-fi routers along with the back-haul bandwidth charges. Wi-fi services under ‘international roaming’ were introduced for both prepaid and post-paid customers at Rs 501 for 30 days validity. The PGM said BSNL has 44 million hotspots in 100 countries across the globe. Once the subscriber registers for the facility, he would get unlimited Wi-fi access, under the scheme. Google server A Google Glob

VSP stands 1st in citizen feedback Posted on 12-Mar-2018
Vizag stands first in citizen feedback in Swachh Survekshan 2018. Reportedly as many as 1.60 lakh citizens came forward from the city to register their feedback on Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation (GVMC). The past few months saw the city’s civic body leave no stone unturned in trying to push Vizag towards bagging the tag of the country’s cleanest city. The authorities and ambassadors played a crucial role in spreading awareness among people to give their feedback on the city’s maintenance and cleanliness. On Saturday, which was the last day for registering the opinion, GVMC even organised a mega walk on the beach road as an effort to make more individuals participate in Swachh Survekshan 2018. It has been learned that GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan expressed his happiness over the tremendous response garnered from the citizens over the past few weeks. Swachh Bharat was a mission flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an aim of promoting cleanliness and hygiene in the country. Swacch Survekshan is a survey conducted every year which assesses the feedback of the citizens and concerned authorities to declare India’s cleanest city. While Madhya Pradesh’s Indore was hailed as India’s cleanest city in 2017, Vizag emerged as the third cleanest city in Swachh Survekshan 2017.

Rangasthalam Movie Audio Launch Posted on 13-Mar-2018
Rangasthalam Movie Audio Launch at Vizag on 18th March. The movie Rangasthalam has created lots of buzz in the audience with its posters, teasers, and songs. The makers have unveiled 3 songs from this film. Earlier the songs ‘Entha Sakkagunnave’ and ‘Ranga Ranga Rangasthalana’ songs were unloaded. While recently Rangamma Mangamma song was released. The audience response was incredible for all the songs. Music director Devi Sri Prasad has kept enormous effort in giving fine music for this film. The film is touted to be a village drama. Director Sukumar is trying to bring a village-oriented love story with 1980’s style of living. The film is having many expectations in the audience. In this film, Aadi Pinishetty, Jagapathi Babu, Anasuya Bharadwaj, and Gowthami are going to appear in major roles. Also, Pooja Hegde will be seen in a special song. Few of the reports say that Aadi Pinishetty is going to appear in Ram Charan’s brother role and Jagapathi Babu is going to appear in a village head role in this film. And also, a special role is designed for Anasuya Bharadwaj, the rumors affirm. As per the scheduled date, the film is going to hit the screens on 30th March 2018 globally. Meanwhile, enjoy Rangasthalam audio launch and pre-release function on 18th March. At the time of the audio launch event, here we will update the live streaming link to watch the full occasion.

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