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Visitors Strike the Best Deal 20-Mar-2017
Two-day The Hindu Auto Expo-2017 concludes. Checking out various brands and striking the best deal, scores of visitors made their way to the The Hindu Auto Expo-2017 on Sunday. The concluding day of the second edition of the exhibition held at Beach Road opposite the Viswapriya Function Hall witnessed an impressive footfall. For many, the venue turned out to be a one-stop point to book the vehicle that they have been dreaming to own for quite a while. “The latest model Innova Crysta is what I wanted to own and I am glad that I could get it for Rs. 23 lakh at the expo, said P. Raju a businessman.
 
Vizag One of My Favourite Cities 18-Mar-2017
It has great potential considering young crowd, says actor. Actor Rakul Preet Singh is in love with the City of Destiny. Having shot many of her films here, she feels a special bond with the city. “I love the young vibes of the city. After Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam is the next city to have a cosmopolitan culture in the Andhra-Telangana region,” the actor said. She was here on Friday to launch the second branch of the Australian fitness chain F45 for which she took up a franchise last year. After opening the first branch in Gachibowli in Hyderabad, Rakul has turned her focus on tapping into the Visakhapatnam market which she feels has great potential considering the young crowd.
 
No Cash Boards Back at ATMs 18-Mar-2017
People resorting to panic withdrawal, says a banker. The lifting of restrictions on withdrawals, with effect from March 13, as also cash being received from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) not matching the demand, is leading to some of the ATMs going dry and customers once again being forced to run around the city for cash. I went to the IDBI ATM at TPT Colony, the ICICI ATM, opposite the MRO Office and the South India Bank ATM near SFS School on Thursday but they had no cash. Situation is no different on Friday,” says a resident of TPT Colony.
 
Sludge Disposal a Delicate Task 17-Mar-2017
Framework for its management in six months, says expert. Disposal of faecal sludge has become onerous task in the absence of licensed operators and standard operating procedure in the city. With 84 % faecal sludge untreated and 54 % of households dependent on on-site management with septic tanks and pits besides only 40 % of the city covered under underground drainage (UGD), the magnitude of the problem is quite high. Roughly 50 % of the households in the city require the services of vacuum truck operators to empty septic tanks but the disposal is unsafe with the trucks discharging the untreated sludge in nalas, sea or open environment, a study, by WSUP Advisory, says.
 
APSET to Be Held on July 30 16-Mar-2017
VISAKHAPATNAM: Notification for the APSET (AP State Eligibility Test for teachers posts) will be issued on March 19, said Andhra University vice-chancellor G Nageswara Rao here on Wednesday. Online applications would be accepted from March 30 to April 10 without any fine. A fine of Rs 1,000 would be imposed on applicants from May 10 to 17 and this would be increased to Rs 2,000 from May 18 to 24 and to Rs 5,000 from May 24 to June 10. The exam is slated to be held on July 30. General category candidates would have to pay an examination fee of Rs 1,000, while BCs, SCs and STs will have to pay Rs 800 and Rs 500 respectively. The exam would be held at centres in Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Guntur, Ananthapur, Nellore and Tirupati.
 
TU-142 to Wait in Wings 15-Mar-2017
Officials search for a suitable site to set up the museum. Following a decision by the State government to convert the soon-to-be decommissioned TU-142 anti-submarine aircraft into a museum, a la Kursura submarine, a search is on for a suitable site. The aircraft will be decommissioned at the Naval Air Station INS Rajali at Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu on March 29. TU-142 made in Russia is still the heaviest and fastest turbo-propelled craft in the world that will fly till it is decommissioned on March 29. The 54-metre-long craft with 50 metres of wing span will have served the Navy for 30 years when it is decommissioned. PI-8 is the replacement for TU-142.
 
Campus to Become Disabled Friendly 14-Mar-2017
Visakhapatnam: The Andhra University authorities have decided to redesign the campus and make it friendly for the physically and visually challenged people. Vice-chancellor Prof G Nageswara Rao has promised that the works will begin once the examinations are over and be completed before the next academic year. Prof Rao said AU is one of those institutions that was built at a time when the notion of being friendly to disable people did not exist. "Most of the structures were built either during the colonial period or in the decades immediately after. However, we have decided to construct ramps in all the major buildings wherever we can and provide wheel-chair services he added.
 
Holika Dahan Marks Festival 13-Mar-2017
Rajasthani Sanskritic Mandal celebrates the occasion on Beach Road. Putting on their best colourful attire, Marwari women from across the city headed to Beach Road to celebrate ‘Holika Dahan’ on Sunday. Ushering in the festival of colours that symbolizes the victory of good over evil, men and women dressed in traditional attire offered prayers and took part in ‘Holika Dahan’ in large numbers. Rajasthani Sanskritic Mandal organised ‘Holika Dahan’ on Beach Road opposite Kali Mata temple and the celebration of ‘Chhoti Holi’ continued till late in the evening.
 
VSP Cricketer Selected for India 13-Mar-2017
Visakhapatnam: A promising all-rounder KV Sasikanth from Vizag has been selected for the India Emerging-U-23 team that will play in the Asian Cricket Council's Tournament (Emerging Cup) in Dhaka in the last week of March. A right-arm fast bowler Sasikanth is also emerging to be a solid middle order batsman for the ACA. Just 21 years old Sasikanth is a final year BA student from Dr Lankapalli Bullayya College in Vizag city. He proved to be one of the stars of the Andhra Under-23 team during the recently concluded CK Nayudu U-23 Trophy tourney where the Andhra team created history by entering the finals where they lost to the team from Punjab. During this tournament he scored 180 runs and scalped 34 wickets in seven matches, prompting his selection in the national squad, which will be led by Tamil Nadu bat Baba Aparajit. Eight teams will participate in this tourney.
 
Cops Beef Up Security For Holi 11-Mar-2017
Visakhapatnam: With the city gearing up for Holi celebrations on Sunday, police as well as the public are worried about increasing bootlegging, rash driving and other traffic problems in Vizag. Considering the recent car accident at Visalakshi Nagar where two people died, the police are to keep extra vigil at all important junctions including RK Beach and Rushikonda as well as the BRTS Road from NH-16 to Gajuwaka. They will also keep an eye on the visitors at rain dance event of various hotels, besides the beach where many revellers will try to go for a swim under the influence of alcohol, a source said.
 
 
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