Saturday, November 1, 2014

Govt appoints senior IRS officer K V Chowdary as SIT Advisor in black money case

Senior IRS officer and outgoing CBDT Chairman Kosaraju Veeraiah Chowdary was on Friday appointed by the Government as an Advisor to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that is probing black money cases.

An expert on tax issues and financial investigations, Chowdary will take charge of the new post from tomorrow on his retirement after serving over three decades in the Income Tax cadre of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS).

The 1978-batch officer retired on Friday as the Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

"Both the SIT and government wanted the officer to continue as he has been dealing with blackmoney cases for a long time and has been a part of all the deliberations that have taken place on this subject in the last three years," a senior Finance Ministry official said.

The SIT is headed by retired Supreme Court Judge M B Shah with Vice-Chairman Justice (retd) Arijit Pasayat and heads of 11 different organisations or departments as members on the high-powered panel.

SIT sources said Chowdary would be carrying out all important works of coordination between the agencies on this apex panel and he would also be meeting various national and international stakeholders in furtherance of the government's aim to curb the menace of black money.

"However, the terms of his mandate will be announced later by the Finance Ministry," they said.
An official order issued on Friday evening by the Finance Ministry said Chowdary will keep drawing the same salary, allowances and facilities, except pension benefits during this new tenure, as allowed to him as the CBDT chief.

His tenure, according to the order, will be for a period of six months and it could be extended further if need arises.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Kulasagara Subrayalu Sekar Naidu: Former Member of Parliament, Mauritius

Mr. Kulasagara Subrayalu Sekar Naidu was a farmer MP (Members of National Assembly) of Mauritius. Sekar Naidu is Member of the Mouvement Socialiste Mauricien (MSM). Elected 3rd Member for Beau Bassin and Petite Riviere (Constituency No. 20) on 3rd July 2005 under the banner of the MSM,MMM-MSM-PMSD Alliance,  He acted as Member of Parliament  from 12 July 2005 to 31 March 2010.

He was Born on 12 April 1958 and did his B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering now working as Commercial Manager at Total Mauritius Ltd., His parents were migrated to Mauritius from Tamilnadu belongs to Kammavar Naidu caste.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sathvik Namburar, 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar

Sathvik Namburar of Duluth, Georgia have been named 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars, a designation given to only 141 students across the country.

Sathvik Namburar of Duluth, who attends Woodward Academy in College Park, was honored for academic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contributions to their school and community. 

Two presidential scholars are selected from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and from U.S. families living abroad. An additional 15 scholars are chosen at-large, and there are 20 scholars selected for their accomplishments in the arts. More than 3,900 students qualified for selection based on their SAT and ACT scores as well as from nominations.

Sathvik Namburar, a senior at Woodward Academy, was recently announced as OCA-Georgia’s Scholarship winner. Sathvik intends to pursue medicine at John Hopkins University. A valedictorian with overall GPA of 4.53 and 36 composite in ACT, he published independent science research while doing a study at Georgia Tech. He also won the Departmental Recognition Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, and has participated in the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, the Intel Science Talent Search, National Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. 

Beyond studies, he volunteers, plays chess and JV tennis, and received the Coach’s Award for Leadership Excellence in 10th grade. Section leader in the orchestra, he has been playing violin since he was in the 1st grade. 

 OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.

Sathvik Namburar has many accomplishments under his belt, including a perfect ACT score, and being a National Merit finalist and valedictorian of the Woodward Academy Class of 2014 in College Park, Georgia.

He has published independent science research while doing a study at Georgia Tech.

He has won the Departmental Recognition Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, and has participated in the Georgia Governor's Honors Program, the Intel Science Talent Search, National Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society.

But his best lessons and experiences came in a hospital some 10,000 miles away.

He spent two months conducting a paid internship at the Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

Part of his time there was spent designing and conducting a survey for paediatric patients on their experiences at the hospital.

He also wrote a research paper with recommendations for the hospital.

Most of the patients spoke very little English, so he had to pick up some Tamil -- he knows better Telugu -- to communicate with them.

It was during this sojourn, he said, he "truly learned of the great need for service around the world."

'Beyond administering a patient survey and shadowing ophthalmologists for ten weeks,' Sathvik wrote in his Presidential Scholarship essay, 'the time I spent there was an eye-opening experience that introduced me to the vast need for health care across the globe.'

It was amazing, he said, "to see so many patients being treated with such efficiency and the doctors and nurses working under pressure and with far less resources than you could find in a hospital here and yet offering exemplary care.

At this hospital, 80 per cent of the patients are treated for free or at reduced cost.

Working with the underprivileged at Aravind made me realise that my professional future lay in health care -- which I have always had an interest in -- and charity work."

Sathvik realised that millions of Americans also lack access to skilled specialists, and often only one overworked general practitioner is available to treat an entire town in many rural communities.

"It seems that little is being done to address this gap in our health-care system, and I believe it is my calling to do so," Sathvik said.

"I hope to one day establish regional medical centres that are home to skilled specialists and are easily accessible to people in rural areas in America.

"By making these centres efficient and utilising new technologies to the fullest, I would be able to make health care more affordable for the rural poor."

Sathvik, who will study medicine at Johns Hopkins University, has also enjoyed being a volunteer at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, where he informs visitors about aspects of natural science and also serves as an unofficial museum ambassador.

In high school he joined the WINGS program, which focuses on helping at-risk inner-city elementary school children.

He then presented this program at a faculty meeting at his school.

Now, there are 15 students going twice a week to a local elementary school to assist with this program. They also play sports and games with disadvantaged schoolchildren.

After the Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines, Sathvik created a secure Web site to raise funds for the Red Cross and leveraged social media and the Internet to publicise the fundraiser to his schools community.

It raised $5,670.

'My parents are immigrants from India, and they have risen above their meager beginnings to attain wealth and send their children to private school,' he wrote.

'Along the way, they have both shown me and told me that I need to serve others who are less fortunate than I am. They give their time and money to various causes and have encouraged me to do the same.'

"I also enjoy serving," he said, "because it enables me to impact others' lives in positive ways. I know that if I can make even one person's life better, I'll have done my job."

How would he describe himself?

"I am someone who recognises his place in the world," he said, "and seeks to impact it one little step at a time, all the while maintaining my humility and enjoying what I do.

Mallipeddi Praneetha won silver medal in the 16th Asian Roller Skating Championship

Malipeddi Praneeta  clinched the silver medal in the 16th Asian Roller Skating Championship held at Haining, China, last month. The second-year MBBS student, studying at the Andhra Medical College, won the silver in the Pair Dance Category (artistic) along with her Hyderabad-based partner Anup Kumar Yama, who is the current world champion in artistic skating.

Praneeta however sounded a bit disappointed despite her success. "I was expecting to win a medal in the individual figure skating event, but I missed out and stood fourth. However, I'm happy that I did well in the pair event."

Praneeta, who has been a national champion in figure skating for the last four years, both at the junior and senior levels, started skating at the Shivaji Park rink from 2005-2006 and since then has been rigorously trained by her coaches, P Satyanarayana, Chitti Babu and Mahesh.

Praneeta had earlier participated in the junior category of the World Artistic Roller Skating Championship in 2009 that was held at Freiberg, Germany, and is now ranked 18th in the world in the senior category. Talking about her immediate priorities, Praneeta said, "I wish to break into the top-10 in the figure skating event by next year."

The daughter of a cardiologist, Dr M Bhaskar Rao, Praneeta too dreams of becoming a cardiologist like her father. However, she made it clear that she it would not be at the cost of roller skating.

Edpuganti Vani Rao: First Woman Mayor, Bilaspur

Mrs. Edpuganti (Narla) Vani Rao is the First Woman Mayor, Bilaspur Nagar Nigam, Elected through Direct Election in December 2009.. She is the President, Chamber of Commerce & Industries Women's wing of Bilaspur Division.

Vani Rao is heading an NGO "ABHIYAN" since 1996 which is active in the field of women and child welfare.

She was the President, Chhattisgarh Pradesh Mahila Congress from 2004 to 2011 and Secretary, Chhattisgarh State Pradesh Congress Committee. From 2001 to 2003

Edpuganti Vani Rao born  on 1958 at Katni, Madhya Pradesh for the parents migrated from Krishna District, Andhra  Pradesh.,

Family Back Ground:
She is the wife of Mr.  Edpuganti Ramendra Rao, a businessman.

GrandFather-in-law Late  Dr.  E.  Raghavendra Rao was   the First   Governor of  C.P  and Barar, was the member of Viceroy’s council, was First Chairman of Nagar Palika  Bilaspur in 1916.

Father-in-law Late Shri Edpuganti.  Nageshwar  Rao    was   Senior Co-operative Leader of  District and President of District Congress Committee for a decade in early Seventies.

Uncle-in-law Late Shri Edpuganti.Ashok Rao was Treasurer of MP Congress Committee from 1982 to 1985 was first Mayor of Bilaspur Municipal Corporation from 1982 to 1984 was an MLA for two terms from Belha Constituency from 1991 to 1993 and 1993 to 1998 and was cabinet minister.

Uncle Dr.Narla Venkata Raman was a congress MLA (twice) from Badwara Constituency District Katni, from 1972-77 and 1990-1993