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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 ...
 
App Launched For Schools Monitoring 04-Jan-2018
HRD Minister presents State-level awards to 86 teachers. HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao on Wednesday launched “Veekshanam” App at a meeting of Savitribai Phule Women Teachers’ Day at Andhra University Convocation Hall. Lauding the services of teachers, he presented State-level awards to 86 teachers. The award comprises Rs.10000 in cash, a tab worth Rs.10000 and a certificate. He also released “Kasturipoolu,” a book comprising success stories of students of Kasturba Vidyalayas. The App enables officials to send inspection reports on teachers’ attendance, punctuality etc. from the school. Any complaints from teachers or public can be directly uploaded and they will be monitored by the State Project Director’s office. The App can also be used to upload details, including photos, of School Management Committee meeting every month and also the Parent-Teacher Association every month. The Minister said the government not only made a budgetary allocation of 23,209 crore but ushered in several reforms in the education sector and so far recruited 30,000 teachers. Mr. Srinivasa Rao assured teachers that their problems would be addressed but they should fulfill the responsibility of moulding responsible citizens. ZP Chairman Lalam Bhavani, MLCs Gade Srinivasulu Naidu and P.V.N. Madhav, MLA Misala Gita, Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao, Joint Collector G Srijana, ALEAP president Ramadevi, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan project director G. Srinivas and officials and ...
 
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 ...
 
AU to spend 3.5 cr. on sports infra 03-Jan-2018
Engineering college grounds will not be let out for private programmes, says V-C. Andhra University will be spending ₹3.5 crore on sports infrastructure in the current year. Plans are afoot to earmark about 50 lakh to develop the Andhra University Engineering college ground. And once developed the ground will not be let out for hosting exhibitions and private functions, said Vice-Chancellor G. Nageswara Rao. To begin with we will level the ground and build a boundary wall. A jogging track will be laid. We also will be investing another 50 lakh to develop the AU main ground into a multipurpose ground he said. This apart the university will spend around 1.5 crore to build a gymnasium beside the existing one on the south campus. UGC has given us a fund of 1.5 crore to build the gymnasium and it will have at least six shuttle courts and one indoor-volleyball court. The gymnasium will also have modern facilities for weight-lifting. The gym will be ready in a couple of months time Prof. Nageswara Rao said. According to the V-C, a second gymnasium is being proposed at the north campus in the engineering college area. We have allocated a fund of 1 crore to develop this gymnasium in the north campus, said Prof. Nageswara Rao. These apart work is on to develop a second sports hostel with a capacity to host at least 60 persons. “The hostel will have all modern facilities and both hostels combined we will be able to host about 120 persons at a time,” he said.
 
Tyagaraja aradhana fete from Jan. 5 02-Jan-2018
The six-day Tyagaraja Aradhana Festival – 2018 will be held from January 5 at Kalabharathi auditorium here. Renowned violinist Annavarapu Ramaswamy will attend as chief guest at the inaugural function on Friday. A special recital of ‘Sree Rama Vaibhavam’, ‘Sapta Veena Sangamam’, among others will be presented. Veena exponents M. Jogulamba, T. Padmini, and R. Madhuri Deviwill take part in the festival. About 200 singers will be taking part in ‘nagara sankeertana’ on the second day of the festival. About 315 concerts will be presented by over 590 participants during the festival that concludes on January 10.
 
City Wears Festive Look On Day 1 02-Jan-2018
City Wears Festive Look On Day 1 of New Year. The city wore a festive look with scores of revellers celebrating the first of the New Year with a visit to popular tourist places on Monday. The beach road was bustling with people who enjoyed the evening at the entertainment zones and cafes dotting the long coastal stretch. The newly opened TU-142 aircraft museum saw a snaking queue of visitors. There were selfies galore as tourists came out of the one-of-its-kind museum and posted updates on social networking sites. Several photography enthusiasts and short filmmakers captured the first sunrise and sunset of 2018 with their paraphernalia of lenses. Instagram and Facebook were flooded with pictures of the New Year revelry. Malls across the city and multiplexes at Maddilapalem, VIP Road, Dabagardens and Jagadamba areas were decorated with festoons, buntings and lights to usher in the New Year. Meanwhile bakeries and cafes made good business with individuals and corporate orders pouring in. “Apart from bulk orders for hampers, we also had a very encouraging start to the New Year on our special dessert menu which included sweet chocolate dosa, chocolate sandwich, chocolate pani puri and chocolate roll among others, said Radhika Satish of Radisa. Florists saw their business soar with many vendors even setting up make-shift stalls at the city footpaths well beyond Monday midnight. Some decided to ring in the New Year in an eco-friendly way. A team of 10 people went ...
 
City Gears Up to Cheer New Year 01-Jan-2018
Mumbai incident prompts pubs to take fire safety measures. With barely a few hours left for the calendar to flip, the city is soaked in festive revelry. From DJ events at star hotels and brightly lit-up eating-out places to beach side party venues and house parties, the city has lined up a host of events and revellers are geared up to welcome the New Year with a bash. While star hotels like The Park, Novotel, The Gateway and Fairfield by Marriott have a mix of DJ events and have also whipped up elaborate buffets, the cities newest party hubs – the two microbreweries are ready to host their first big event. In view of the latest fire accident at a pub in Mumbai, the event organisers have ensured all safety parameters are in place with required fire safety clearance. At Myz-Uno, the stage is set to welcome the guests with their specially brewed flavours of beer. We have kept the buffet spread at the terrace to avoid crowding in the main restaurant area. Four fire extinguishers are in place and emergency exits are well marked keeping in mind the safety of guests, the microbrewery’s founder Rasagna R. Dharmana told. Spread over 9,000 sft, Myz-Uno will be ushering the New Year with a ‘Belgium Beer Tour’. At Iron hill Brewery, four freshly brewed beer varieties will be the flavour of the New Year’s Eve party. “We had a great response from Visakhapatnam in the past couple of days following the launch of the place. However, for NYE we will be restricting to a gr...
 
All roads lead to Utsav venue 30-Dec-2017
Traditional folk art forms enthral children. All roads seemed to have led to Beach Road on Friday as thousands of people converged to witness a wide variety of events held on the penultimate day of the three-day Visakha Utsav, on Friday. Festive atmosphere A festive atmosphere prevailed on the 2-km stretch of Beach Road from R.K. Beach to VUDA Park as the crowd enjoyed the activities of their choice. The Jathara stage, where traditional art forms were displayed was a treat to watch. Children spent time watching the ‘Butta bommalu’ as they walked through the crowds, standing at around 10 feet. Some girls were scared to see a ‘bull’ (a man in bull attire) pouncing at them as it walked past them. The Butta Bommalu artistes came from Marteru in West Godavari district. The ‘Veera Natyam’ artistes from Amalapuram in East Godavari district and Dhimsa artistes of Araku performing rhythmic movements to the music and tribal artistes with traditional headgear like horns of a bison enthralled the city folk, who have little chance of witnessing such folk arts. The utsav came as a ‘god-send’ opportunity to the artistes as the folk and rural traditions are no longer getting the patronage they used to get in the good old days. “It is only during occasions like these that we are getting an opportunity to display our skills and entertain the public,” said a folk artiste. The utsav coupon stalls were full of visitors filling up coupons to try their luck in the draw. The ...
 
Heli Tourism Attracts Visitors 30-Dec-2017
Heli Tourism Attracts Visitors in Visakhapatnam. The heli tourism project would be run jointly by VUDA, Tourism department and GVMC as a pilot project for three months. Visakhapatnam: The Heli tourism project which was launched by the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu during his visit to the city mid-December was made available to the public on Friday, as part of the Visakha Utsav. HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao who flagged off the event at Rushikonda, said that Visakhapatnam would become a tourism destination in the coming days. The heli tourism project would be run jointly by VUDA, Tourism department and GVMC as a pilot project for three months. The en-minute sortie covering VUDA Park, Thotlakonda and Kailasagiri, costs Rs.2,499 but the price could be brought down a bit depending on public response, he said. Besides tourism, the chopper could be used in any medical emergency, and disaster management needs. Corporate houses could reach MoU for the purpose, he suggested. The minister also said Rs.16.82 crore would be spent on tourism sector, Rs.10 crore on development of Thotlakonda and Bavikonda, Rs.35 lakh for Tadiguda waterfalls, Rs.5 crore for Lambasingi resorts, Rs.2 crore for water sports at Mangamaripeta, Rs.1.5 crore for development of Yarada beach, Rs.3 crore each for development of tourism building and Dallapalli resorts, Rs.12 lakh for Tandava reservoir, Rs.15 lakh for Sarugudu waterfalls and Rs.50 lakh for street lighting in Araku and other w...
 
 
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