Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kishore Tummala's "I can't breathe" won the “Best Short Film” award at FOG 2017.

Kishore Tummala on the red carpet during FOG Movie Fest 2017

FREMONT, CA: Kishore Tummala, a New Jersey-based software engineer, made his first film and won the “Best Short Film” award at FOG 2017. Titled “I Can’t Breathe”, the film tells the story of a young African-American man who has recently won a basketball scholarship and has plans to propose to his girlfriend. Kishore is the writer, Director and Producer of that film.

During a routine traffic stop while riding in his friend’s car in the passenger seat, a police officer shoots and kills him. His distraught mother seeks forgiveness and reconciliation as a solution, rather than revenge.

On September 22, the film opened at the Laemmle Theater in Pasadena, California. Kishore aims to get the film noticed by members of the Academy of Motion Pictures (they run the Oscars) and entered into competition. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Raju Narisetti appointed CEO of Gizmodo Media Group

Spanish language television network, Univision Communications, Inc. (UCI), best known for its dramatic soap operas, on Wednesday announced that News Corp. senior vice-president, Raju Narisetti, and the founding editor of Mint will be the chief executive officer for Gizmodo Media Group (GMG), earlier known as Gawker Media.

Last month, the company which also owns a 40% stake in satirical news site The Onion, entered into an agreement to acquire digital media assets as part of the bankruptcy proceedings of Gawker Media Group for $135 million.

Gizmodo Media Group is part of the Fusion Media Group (FMG), the division of UCI that serves the young, diverse audiences.

As chief executive officer (CEO), Narisetti will be responsible for managing all business and editorial operations of the newly named Gizmodo Media Group, which houses Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker and Kotaku. He takes over the role of founder and former CEO, Nick Denton.

Gawker Media was an online media company and blog network founded and owned by Denton in 2012.

In 2016, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a direct result of the monetary judgement against the company related to the Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit.

Narisetti, who will be based at the company headquarters in New York, will report to Isaac Lee, chief news, digital and entertainment officer of UCI, and Felipe Holguin, president and chief operating officer of FMG.

Heather Detrick, president of GMG, John Cook, executive editor, and Courtenay O’Connor, GMG deputy general counsel, will all report directly to Narisetti. He will formally join the Gizmodo Media Group in late October.

“It is a privilege to be responsible for leading this unwaveringly energetic team of journalists and business staff,” said Narisetti in a statement.

“As part of Univision, we will now be more ambitious in deepening, broadening and sensibly scaling the passionate digital communities that Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Kotaku, Jalopnik and Lifehacker have attracted, by offering accurate, responsible, edgy and engaging journalism, as well as through relevant, related content and commerce.”

On Narisetti’s appointment, Lee of UCI said, “Raju is a rare combination, someone who comes with a very strong background in journalism, became a leader in digital media on three continents, and went on to develop new businesses for a global company,” said Lee. “His commitment to journalistic integrity, his entrepreneurial spirit and proven ability to adapt quickly in a fast-paced digital environment will help us strengthen and grow these newly acquired category-leading brands.”

Narisetti will also play an important role on Fusion Media Group’s leadership team. “As we look to deepen the engagement of America’s increasingly diverse television, digital, mobile and social audiences with our portfolio of brands that speak to their interests in a passionate, authentic manner,” added Holguin.

FMG now reaches more than a third of all Americans online each month with 96 million unique visitors, including its extended network.

FMG’s collection of digital-first brands serve young, diverse influencers with content that reflects their shared values and passions. In addition to the Gizmodo Media Group, FMG includes FUSION, The Root, Flama, Univision Digital, Univision Music, as well as Univision’s interest in El Rey Network, The Onion, The A.V. Club and ClickHole. FMG also includes Story House, a content development and production unit.

Narisetti is currently senior vice-president, strategy, of News Corp., the media and publishing arm owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Since 2013, he has been responsible for acquisitions and global expansion, while also helping guide and influence the digital growth of News Corp.’s existing companies in the news, information, publishing, social video and digital real-estate portfolio, which include The Wall Street Journal; The Times, London; Harper-Collins; Realtor.com and Storyful, among others.

In India, News Corp. acquired media and publishing firm VCCircle Network in 2015 and financial advisory firm BigDecisions in 2014, under Narisetti’s leadership. It also has invested over $30 million for a 25% stake in real estate website PropTiger.

Prior to News Corp, Narisetti was managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network.

Earlier, Narisetti served as managing editor of The Washington Post (2009-2012). Narisetti spearheaded the Post’s efforts to combine its separate print and digital newsrooms into an integrated operation.


Narisetti has a MA in Journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington; and a BA (Economics) and MBA from India.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Surapaneni KoteswaraRao appointed VC of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Agriculture University

Bhopal: Surapaneni Koteswara Rao, a former director of research services of an agriculture university, has been appointed as the new vice chancellor of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Agriculture University in Gwalior.
Born in Polukonda, Andhra Pradesh, India on 8 March 1952. Educated at PVCMZPH School, Rudrapaka, Andhra Pradesh 1968; Pre University, Sir CRR College Eluru, 1971; B.Sc. 1974, Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada; College of Agriculture, JNKVV, Jabalpur M.Sc.(Ag) 1977, Ph.D. 1980.

Rao has been appointed for a period of five years by Madhya Pradesh Governor, O P Kohli, the official from the public relation department said.

Rao has earlier served as former director, research services of the Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vidyalaya, Jabalpur.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sports doctor

Dr Venkatesh Movva excels in sports medicine, founding Indian Gridiron League to expand American football in India.

Dr Venkatesh Movva excels in sports medicine, founding Indian Gridiron League to expand American football in India, devoting time to nurture young talents and offering relief through regenerative orthopaedics

Dr Venkatesh Movva of Movva Sports has been a dreamer besides excelling in sports medicine, founding Indian Gridiron League to expand the American football in India, devoting time to nurture young talents and offering relief to people across the globe through regenerative orthopaedics.

A native of Vijaywada, Dr Movva had left for the US after his medical graduation in India. Both sports and medicine have been his lifelong passions. “I chased my dream with immense dedication,” says Dr Movva, an athlete and medical practitioner. He specialised in sports medicine and regenerative medicine in the US.

He was instrumental in launching a professional American-style football league in India. The goal has been to provide fast-paced, action-packed entertaining sport to the city of Hyderabad.

“We are creating opportunities for local youth to excel in the sport and enjoy benefits of being professional athletes,” says Dr Movva, who had served as president of Elite Football League of India and handled operations in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

He was fortunate to have a strong and supportive family that let him create an identity outside of the family business. He broke away from the family norm to pursue medical education. “The love for sports and well being led me to becoming a sports medicine and regenerative orthopaedics expert,” he says.

He founded Regenorthosport for Regenerative and Sports Medicine, pioneering regenerative stem cell therapies.

“As part of a group I was involved in interventional orthopaedics with usage of autologous stem cells for treating commonly occuring sports and degenerative conditions. We brought the same high quality medical centres to India,” says Dr Movva, who has been living in the US for 25 years. He has performed more than 2,000 Regenexx procedures.

The consistent challenge for him in early stages as an entrepreneur was to convince the team to believe in his dream. “Both my ventures had teething troubles as they were new and required tremendous amount of validation, not just from the team, but from people who would eventually experience our services. Once you are able to overcome these challenges, it is a smooth ride,” says Dr Movva. 

“I had full confidence that the Indian public would embrace the medical technology we introduced,” says Dr Movva, whose customers range from young athletes to older adults.

The centre he launched in Hyderabad is the country’s only specialised medical centre providing Regenexx procedure. His business venture offers regenerative therapy for commonly occuring degenerative orthopaedic conditions for people around the world.

When you look at knee osteoarthritis, the only option used to be total knee replacement. “With regenerative stem cell technology we can now heal and regenerate cartilage, meniscus and ligaments to reverse arthritis and in turn, avoid any major surgery,” he says.

His first client was his mother. So, what’s been his mantra for success? “I continue to strengthen core areas I believe I have the ability to do better. My thrust has been service of the highest quality and standard, both as entrepreneur and medical practitioner. Some of the finest lessons I have picked up- family values, management system and the spirit of entrepreneurship”, says Dr Movva.

His strongest source of inspiration is his family – wife and lovely children. “It is their unrelenting support that led me to pursue my entrepreneurial vision and challenges - right from the seed stage to startup and maturity. My ventures are self funded.”

In 2011 Elite Football League of India concluded an agreement with Movva Sports to purchase the Hyderabad Skykings, which played its inaugural season in December 2011. Venkatesh Movva of Movva Sports was an early investor in the league and also owned "Hyderabad Skykings".   

Friday, September 22, 2017

హైకోర్టు అదనపు న్యాయమూర్తిగా జస్టిస్‌ కొంగర విజయలక్ష్మి ప్రమాణస్వీకారం

ఉమ్మడి రాష్ట్రాల హైకోర్టు అదనపు న్యాయమూర్తిగా జస్టిస్‌ కొంగర విజయలక్ష్మి సెప్టెంబర్ 21వ తేదీన ప్రమాణస్వీకారం చేశారు. హైకోర్టు తాత్కాలిక ప్రధాన న్యాయమూర్తి రమేష్‌ రంగనాథన్‌ ప్రధాన కోర్టు హాల్‌లో ప్రమాణస్వీకారం చేయించారు.

కొంగర విజయలక్ష్మి 1960 సెప్టెంబరు 20న జన్మించారు. ఏలూరు సీఆర్‌ఆర్‌ న్యాయ కళాశాల నుంచి బీఎల్‌ పూర్తి చేశారు. ఆంధ్రా విశ్వవిద్యాలయం నుంచి బంగారు పతకం అందుకున్నారు. ఉస్మానియా విశ్వవిద్యాలయంలో ఎల్‌ఎల్‌ఎం పూర్తి చేశారు. 1985 జులై 12న న్యాయవాదిగా పేరు నమోదు చేసుకున్నారు. హైకోర్టు విశ్రాంత న్యాయమూర్తి జస్టిస్‌ ఎస్‌ పర్వతరావు వద్ద అప్పట్లో న్యాయవాద వృత్తి జీవితాన్ని ప్రారంభించారు. ప్రస్తుత సుప్రీంకోర్టు న్యాయమూర్తి జస్టిస్‌ జాస్తి చలమేశ్వర్‌ హైకోర్టులో ఏఏజీగా పనిచేసినప్పుడు ఆయన కార్యాలయానికి అటాచ్‌ ప్రభుత్వ న్యాయవాది(జీపీ)గా విజయలక్ష్మి పనిచేశారు. ప్రభుత్వ న్యాయవాదిగా, సహాయ ప్రభుత్వ న్యాయవాదిగానూ సేవలు అందించారు. హైకోర్టు న్యాయవాదిగా ఈనెల 21వ తేదీన ప్రమాణస్వీకారం చేయనున్నారు.