Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sabbineni Meghana selected for National Cricket team

Sabbineni Meghana has been selected for the Indian women’s cricket that took on the world champions West Indies in a three-match T-20 series. Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) General Secretary and Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) Vice-President Gokaraju Ganga Raju said in a press release on Monday that Meghana has also been selected for the Indian team, which would participate in the Asia Cup in Thailand from November 30.

Besides the limited overs series, the 20-year-old has also been selected to play at the Asia Cup which will be held in Thailand from November 30. Before Meghana, Andhra has given players like V. Sneha Deepthi and R. Kalpana to the Indian women’s cricket team.

“Meghana’s selection to the Indian team is a feather in the cap for the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA). Her selection was possible due to the untiring efforts of Maria Fahey, ACA women’s coach from New Zealand, and the entire support staff of the ACA Women’s Cricket Academy in Guntur, besides her own commitment. We are all proud of her and wish her the best of luck,” said G. Ganga Raju, secretary, ACA

20 years old Meghana has been a part of the Andhra Women’s team for long. She lives in Ibrahimpatnam, Vijayawada and for the past six years, has played in under-16, under-19, senior women one-dayers and T20s for ACA. She has been winning many South Zone cricket tournaments. She has also been captain of the Andhra women’s team in all age-groups.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Road named after Vejandla Venkateswara Rao in Mumbai

V V Rao Marg, Nariman Point, 400021 street is located in the Mumbai City, Mumbai District, Maharashtra state, India was named after Late. Vegendla Venkateswara Rao.  

Venkateshwara Rao Vajendla also known as "V V Rao"  (October 12, 1941 - October 21, 1999) was born in  Pamulapadu Village, Guntur District. He served as Chief Fire Officer Mumbai Fire Brigade was awarded President’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service in 26th January, 1997. V V Rao has worked in the fire brigade for 42 years.  

For the first time a chief fire officer was given the guard of honour after his death was in 1999, when the chief fire officer was V V Rao. His body was taken in a truck to Shivaji Park crematorium. In October 1999, then CFO VV Rao had died following a cardiac arrest in the civic headquarters.

His son Ananda Rao Vegendla married BJP leader Late.Pramod Mahajan's daughter Poonam Mahajan alias Poonam Vajendla Rao (MP from Mumbai North Central) 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Sreekanth Chalasani granted $1 million to harness sound to control brain cells

LA JOLLA--Salk Institute for Biological Studies Associate Professor Sreekanth Chalasani has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative for developing a way to selectively activate brain, heart, muscle and other cells using ultrasonic waves, which could be a boon to neuroscience research as well as medicine.

Chalasani will receive over $1 million for the first year of the award to expand his groundbreaking technology into mammalian cells. If it works in humans, such a technology could be used for deep brain stimulation--a common treatment in Parkinson's and depression. It could also be used outside of the brain to act as a pacemaker for a heart or to produce insulin from pancreatic cells.

"The Chalasani lab developed a revolutionary way to precisely target specific cells in a living organism using sound waves," says Salk President Elizabeth Blackburn. "With support from the BRAIN Initiative, Sreekanth will be able to expand his trailblazing science which could lead to many exciting applications in research and medicine."

Chalasani's new technique, which he calls sonogenetics, has some similarities to the burgeoning use of light (optogenetics) to activate cells in order to better understand the brain, but is less invasive. This method-which uses the same type of waves used in medical sonograms-may have additional advantages over optogenetics particularly when it comes to adapting the technology to human therapeutics. Chalasani first demonstrated the technique on nematodes in 2015, showing that low-intensity ultrasound waves propagating into the worms caused a membrane ion channel called TRP-4 to open and activate cells. His team also added the TRP-4 channel and successfully activated neurons that don't usually react to ultrasound. With the new grant, Chalsani is developing technology to deliver focused ultrasonic waves to particular regions of the mammalian brain and is also exploring additional ion channels that could be targeted with ultrasound.

"I am very grateful for the support to pursue this research and see whether this technique can work in mammals and translate to humans for medical benefits," says Chalasani, who is collaborating with additional Salk labs as well as with the University of California, San Diego on the effort.

"In only three years we've already seen exciting new advances in neuroscience research come out of the BRAIN Initiative," says Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, director of NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. "There are very few effective cures for neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. By pushing the boundaries of fundamental neuroscience research, NIH BRAIN Initiative scientists are providing the insights researchers will need to develop 21st century treatments."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Australia-based Venkat Suhas Atluri donates gold crown to Saibaba shrine

Shirdi: An Australia-based Saibaba devotee, Venkat Suhas Atluri, today donated a gold crown, weighing 748 grams, to the Shirdi shrine here, officials said. The crown, adorned with multi-coloured gems, is estimated to be worth over Rs 21.77 lakhs, officials of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust said.

Atluri visited the shrine in the morning on the occasion of Dussehra and took part in the 'aarti', they added. "I am visiting Shirdi since I was one-year-old. I hail from Andhra Pradesh and due to Saibaba's blessings, I have settled in Australia," he said.