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Vizag Steel March today 05-Apr-2018
CITU will organise a 26-km long Vizag Steel March from Kurmannapalem arch to Old Jail Road near Visakha Women’s College here Thursday. The march in which 3,000 employees of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant will participate will be flagged off at 5.30 a.m. It will culminate into a big meeting at around noon. The meeting is aimed at mobilising public opinion against attempts to privatise VSP. CITU State general secretary M.A. Gafoor, State president Ch. Narsinga Rao, VSP recognised union president J. Ayodhyaram and others will address. This is for the first time that such a march is being taken out to protest against move for disinvestment of a public sector unit. Mr. Narsinga Rao said after Dredging Corporation of India, the NDA Government was making attempts to privatise Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, the corporate entity of VSP.
 
AU tops State in NIRF rankings 04-Apr-2018
Most of its colleges find place in top rankings. The Andhra University (AU) and most of its colleges have turned out to be the top educational institution in the State in the Human Resource Development Ministry’s India Rankings 2018. In all, five institutions in the overall category, six in Universities, five in Engineering, two in Degree Colleges, two each in Management and Pharmacy and one in Law categories found a place in the nationwide rankings. The AU, which was ranked 69th in 2017, jumped 33 places to reach the 36th position in the overall ranking of the top 100 institutions. The Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), Tirupati, which was at the 68th position last year, slipped to the 74th rank. It is followed by the Koneru Lakshmiah Educational Foundation, Guntur (KLEF) at rank 83 and the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) at the 89th rank. Also in the top 100 universities category AU, SVU, KLEFU and SVIMS topped the State with 22, 49, 56 and 62 ranks respectively. The Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management, Visakhapatnam, and the Sri Satya Institute of Higher Learning were respectively ranked 85th and 92nd in the same category and stood fifth and sixth in the State. In the Engineering category, the KLEF’s engineering college was at the 49th rank and topped the State. It is followed by the AU College of Engineering at 65, the SVU engineering college at 71, the Sagi Ramakrishnam Raju Engineering College, Bhimavaram, at 85 and ...
 
Chess prodigy makes city proud 03-Apr-2018
She wins gold in rapid format of Asian championship in Thaliand City-based chess prodigy Moogi Sahithi Varshini has bagged gold in the Asian Chess Championship-2018 in the seven-round rapid event of girls u-12 category. With this, the 11-year-old player has added another gold medal in her kitty. Sharing the details of the Asian Chess Championship – 2018 being held in Thailand with The Hindu, Sahithi’s father and coach M. Lokeswara Rao said Sahiti was now preparing for the next formats in the tournament -- Classical and Blitz which will continue in Thailand till April 10. This is Sahithi’s fourth international tournament after she bagged two gold medals (classical and blitz formats) in the Asian Youth International Chess Championship, Uzbekistan, held last year, another gold in the Commonwealth International Chess Championship, New Delhi and secured the seventh spot in the World Cadets Chess Championship in Brazil in 2017. Backed by the 10-hour-long rigorous practice, Sahiti said her strategy was to make unpredictable moves and surprise the opponent. Focused preparation helped me stand out in the tournament. Despite stiff competition, my strategies and tactics worked well,” said Class V student, who obtained Woman Candidate Master Title in 2017. To spare time to practise chess, Sahiti had to skip classes and make do with the lost portions by attending tuitions. Sahiti learnt the art of playing chess at the age of eight under the tutelage of her father, ...
 
TCS awards for GITAM students 03-Apr-2018
To promote creativity among students and encourage them to think innovatively, Tata Consultancy Services presented awards to the students of Gitam Deemed to be University. While Kotha Naga Yaswanth of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering (2016-2017 batch) walked away with the Best Student Award, J. Vignendra of Computer Science and Engineering received the Best Student Project Award for his project ‘Network intrusion detection system using logistic neural networks’. The awards included a gold medal, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 each. TCS vice-president and regional head V. Rajanna presented the awards to the students at a programme held at The Deccan Park campus of TCS, Hyderabad. Gitam, V-C M.S. Prasada Rao, Pro V-C K. Sivarama Krishna and Registrar M. Potharaju, training and placement director Gurumoorthy Gangadharan appreciated the students for their achievement.
 
NIT team visits NAD flyover area 31-Mar-2018
Work will begin on April 2: official Experts from NIT, Warangal, on Friday made a field visit to the NAD area where a flyover will come up. Accompanied by VUDA Vice-Chairman P. Basanth Kumar, NIT Director and expert in civil and structural engineering N.V. Rama Rao, Prof. Prasad (Transport) and Prof. Rajesh (Structural Engineering) visited the flyover area. The entire stretch and markings of piers was examined and a number of valuable suggestions that could be implemented came during the visit. The NIT is vetting the design of the double rotary flyover proposed at NAD. VUDA is insisting on a field visit so as to take up any modification required as it will not be possible to take them up later. The experts will return to Warangal and come back with the necessary modifications in a week. The aspects for which modification are required, fall in Phase II and Phase III of the project. ‘Hence we have decided to go ahead with the project and work will begin on April 2 on one pier,’ the Vice-Chairman said. One aspect that received particular attention was arms of the bridge and the need to have a service road. The Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the flyover, estimated to cost ₹113 crore, in October last.
 
CM opens Franklin Templeton 30-Mar-2018
CM opens Franklin Templeton Investments office in Vizag. The IT sector in Andhra Pradesh is gathering momentum and Visakhapatnam in particular is bound to emerge as a major fintech hub in the country, according to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. He was speaking here on Thursday after inaugurating the office of Franklin Templeton Investments here on Thursday. He said it was a good sign for the city that a major company, a Fortune 500 company, like Franklin Investments had chosen to set up a centre in the city. "The company will invest Rs 450 crores here gradually on setting up the centre and provide 2,500 high-end jobs. Today it has opened the office," he said. He recalled how the company had first set up the centre in Hyderabad in the united AP way back in 2002 and he expressed confidence that the Vizag centre would be even more successful than the one in Hyderabad. Jennifer M Johnson, the president and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company, said the company had immense faith in the Chief Minister "who is the key architect and visionary CM" who built up the IT sector in Hyderabad and is doing so now in Visakhapatnam. She expressed confidence that the Vizag centre would flourish. She also thanked Rajkumar Velagapudi, the president and CEO of Innova Solutions Inc., responsible for bringing Franklin Investments to Vizag. State IT Minister N. Lokesh said it was a historic moment. Conduent centre Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the ...
 
RRB staff strike enters Day 2 29-Mar-2018
As a part of the three-day country-wide agitation of regional rural banks, officers and staff of A.P. Grameena Vikas Bank observed strike on second day on Tuesday. They were opposing privatisation of rural banks. The other demands included pension parity with commercial banks, compassionate appointments, computer increment, regularisation of temporary staff, membership in IBA and parity in service rules, according to regional secretary of the Officers’ Association U.R.S.S. Prakash. Over 100 officers and staff participated in a dharna organised at RRB office at Seetammadhara on the first day.
 
Yachting festival postponed 28-Mar-2018
Yachting festival postponed by a day. Chief Minister will inaugurate it at IFR jetty tomorrow The inaugural of the Vizag Yachting Festival has been postponed by a day. The four-day festival will now begin from March 29 and go on till April 1. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will flag off the Vizag Yachting Festival at the new jetty at Harbour Road on March 29. According to E-Factor, the event manager for the festival, a few unforeseen logistical problems faced in transport of yachts had resulted in the delay. Eight yachts will be arriving in batches to Visakhapatnam by March 29. On Wednesday, Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust M.T. Krishna Babu inspected the works of the yachting festival at the new jetty (IFR jetty). He said that VPT was felicitating necessary support for conducting the festival. The chairman further added that all logistical support required for promoting yachting at Visakhapatnam would be extended as per the requirement of the firms coming forward for the festival. The yachts will sail through beaches like Rushikonda, RK Beach, Totlakonda and Yarada Beach while engaging the on-board guests with activities like swimming, fishing and snorkelling. Yachting enthusiasts from Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi are expected to attend the festival.
 
City to host 1st ever yachting fest 27-Mar-2018
Vizag to host first-ever yachting festival. The city is set to host the first- ever Vizag Yachting Festival in the State from March 28 to 31, which will see a fleet of nine luxury yachts arrive at the coast promising an exciting line-up of events for adventure seekers. The festival is being organised by Andhra Pradesh Tourism in association with E Factor. Elaborating about the festival, Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya told that the festival is aimed at putting Vizag on top of the marine tourism map. We have set ambitious goals to develop Andhra Pradesh as a tourism destination for every kind of tourists - be it the millennial generation traveller seeking an exciting adventure, a family of four looking for a placid beachside holiday or even the retired pensioner on a quest for some soul searching, she said.
 
Grandeur marks Sitarama kalyanam 26-Mar-2018
Some temples in city celebrating Sri Rama Navami festival today Grandeur marked the ‘kalyanam’ of Lord Rama and Sita in various temples of the city on Sri Rama Navami day on Sunday. Prior to the celestial wedding, the idols of Lord Rama and Sita were given bath with assorted aromatic liquids and smeared with turmeric paste. Later, the deities were decked up with silk robes and strings of floral garlands in various hues. The grand ‘kalyanam’ included rituals such as placing of jeelakarra-bellam on the head, mutyala talambralu, and kanyadanam. Sounds of bells reverberated Sri Sita Rama Swami temple at Chengalraopeta, one of the oldest in the city, as the festival was celebrated with devotional fervour. On Wednesday, the temple committee plans to conduct ‘Paduka Pattabhisheka Mahotsavam’. An air of festivity pervaded the city as scores of devotees thronged temples to offer prayers and savour panakam (jaggery syrup) and vada pappu (dish made of soaked moong dal). Elaborate arrangements were made at Ramalayam located at Ambikabagh as devotees witnessed Sita Rama kalyanam performed with religious fervour. Special pujas Special pujas and wedding rituals marked the festivities at Visakha Sri Sarada Peetham and ISKCON-Sagarnagar. Recital of Vedic chants, pallaki seva, bhajans, uyyala (swing) utsavam and mangala aarti formed part of ‘Sri Sita Ramula Kalyana Mahotsavam’ celebrated by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samiti at Sri Sathya Sai Prema Sadan Mandir. It was not jus...
 
 
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