Friday, April 20, 2018

Satya Nadella on Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People list

Love him or hate him, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been very effective at the helm of the Seattle software giant, and under his leadership, the company has gone from strength to strength, if not always in the direction its fans would prefer.

In recognition of his achievements, Satya Nadella has been honoured with a position on Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People list.

His bio for the article was written by Walter Isaacson, ex-managing editor for Time Magazine and famously the author of Steve Jobs’s authorized biography.

Writing about Nadella, he notes:

Growing up in India, Satya Nadella fell in love with cricket, a sport whose grace comes from melding stars into a cohesive and harmonic team. “One brilliant character who does not put team first can destroy the entire team,” he wrote in his recent book, Hit Refresh.

Since becoming CEO of Microsoft in 2014, Nadella has used those principles to restore the company’s spirit of innovation. Consider its new product strategy, which emphasizes cloud computing and allowing people to collaborate across platforms. Nadella also preaches the importance of empathy and making products that work reliably, traits that deepened in him when his first child was born with brain damage and his son’s life depended on linked machines running Microsoft systems.

The result is that in the four years since he inherited a sticky wicket, Microsoft’s market value has increased 130%. More important, the company is now making products that feel more user-friendly, empathetic and collaborative.

There are elements in Isaacson’s brief biography which I believe are arguable, but it is certainly difficult to argue with the recognition the company received from the stock market.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Achanta Sharath clinches bronze medal in men's singles table tennis

After losing the mixed-doubles match for the bronze medal alongside Mouma Das on Sunday morning of the Commonwealth Games 2018, ace Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal made sure he got it right in the men's singles circuit.

Sharath looked at his aggressive best, comfortably pocketing the opening two games. Sharath had also won a medal of a similar hue in New Delhi 2010.

Against Walker, Sharath produced an array of shots that caught the Englishman napping.

India will not have representation in the mixed doubles table tennis final at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) with both their pairs going down in their respective semi-finals here on Saturday.

Walker held momentum and threatened to take the fourth game as well, as he leveled the points and took the game into extension, but Sharath held his composure to hold on and emerge victorious.

India has had a great tournament so far, passing their Gold tally of Glasgow Games. He took the first two games 11-7, 11-9, but Walker regrouped and put the Indian on the backfoot.

The Final Day of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games brings to us the gold and bronze medal matches of all the racquet sports. This is Sharath Kamal's third medal at Gold Coast - one gold from mixed-team event, one silver alongside Gnanasekaran Sathiyan in men's doubles.

Sharath has now won a total of six medals in the Commonwealth Games, which includes four gold medals. He had missed out on a medal in Glasgow. The Indian continued his ruthless approach in the fourth game and wrapped up the tie in his favour despite Walker's respectable comeback in the match. India has already surpassed last edition's medal tally and will now hope to finish on a high.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Mirra Makineni: Youngest Global Head at Schroders plc - UK

Mirra is working as the Global Head of Technology Risk at Schroders plc. Schroders is UK’s largest asset and wealth management firms with offices across the world and is headquartered in London.  

Mirra Makineni (33) graduated as an Electronics and Communications Engineer from the University of Leeds (UK) in 2007 with distinction and has won many awards throughout her academic course. She got campus selected to join KPMG London, which is one of the Big 4 financial services companies in the world. 

She quickly rose through the ranks and became the youngest Manager at KPMG before she joined PwC where she was then head hunted to join Schroders and lead their Technology risk function.

Outside of academics and profession Mirra has a passion for performing arts and has learnt Indian classical dance and also trained under Shiamak Davar for western classical art forms. She is a keen cook who believes nutritious food can be delicious and is often seen experimenting in the kitchen with successful results. 

In 2017, she was invited to the UK Prime Minister residence at 10 Downing Street to attend the annual Diwali party in recognition of her achievements as the Chair of Hindu Society at Schroders.

Born to proud parents who are successful Homeopathic doctors in Delhi, Mirra has one younger brother who graduated with double honors in Mathematics and Economics from University of Nottingham (UK). Mother hails from Andhra and Father hails from Punjab. Mirra is still a bachelor. 

Some of her key awards and achievements:

National Finals winner (UK) - Undergraduate Contribution to Business award- September 2006
The Sir Henry Royce award for excellence in Industry and Profession by the IET (International award) – November 2006
Best Student in Electronics and Communications Engineering – University of Leeds 2007
Invited for the Women in Technology Panel at University of Oxford – Said Business School 2016
Founder and Chair of the Hindu Society at Schroders to raise awareness of Hindu culture and celebrate our Indian culture 2017
One of the 4 finalists globally for Risk Professional of the Year awards 2018
Founding member of the Hindu Professional Network at the House of Lords – Parliament UK 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Nina Gummadi receives Fulbright Award to India

Nina Gummadi, a third-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to India. A Fulbright Scholar Award is one of the highest honors the federal government gives with regard to scholarship and international exchange. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Born and raised in the metro Atlanta area until she was 10, Gummadi moved to India, living with her grandparents and siblings until she was 14. She then returned to Georgia to attend high school. Her four years in India were critical to her decision to pursue a Fulbright and spend a year in her parents' homeland.

Gummadi attended Boston University and received her undergraduate degree in medical sciences with a minor in anthropology. While interning at the Access Campaign at Doctors without Borders in Geneva, Switzerland, Gummadi was inspired by the global advocacy efforts for equitable health systems. As a medical student, she has served as a student leader for the Pediatrics Education & Development Society and PumpStart, a service learning group that teaches community CPR to Boston's high school students. In addition, Gummadi was the founder of the service learning branch of CALM (Cuddling Assists in Lowering Maternal and Infant Stress) a project to provide non-pharmacological care to infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome when caregivers are unavailable. Gummadi is also the BUSM delegate to the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Pediatrics Trainees.

Her Fulbright research aims to characterize mental health issues, as well as barriers to mental health care, in orphaned or otherwise abandoned children in India. The project will provide a basis on which screening protocols and interventions can be created for this at-risk population.

As part of her project, Gummadi has partnered with HEAL (Health and Education for All), a community organization that provides shelter, healthcare, education and support to underserved children in South India. The organization runs an orphanage that cares for more than over 1,000 children in the village of Thotapalli, where Gummadi will stay and complete her Fulbright research.

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries, and it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Since its beginnings in 1946, more than 360,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the Program, of whom a great number has resumed high leadership positions at university, state, community and industry levels.

3400% rally in 9 years: Naidu's - Amara Raja Batteries success story

We bring to you a large-cap stock of auto part maker that has rallied more than 3400% during the 9-years beginning from April 2009 to April 2018

The domestic stock markets have been broadly rising since last nine years after the major wipeout was witnessed on the jitters of the global financial crisis of 2008 which hammered the stock markets worldwide. Since March 2009, Indian equities have been surging perpetually despite a several time-corrections, shocks and bumps observed due to lower-than-expected decision making at the national level by the government during late-2010 and early 2014.

During the span 40 months beginning November 2010 up until late-February 2014, the benchmark Sensex has moved from a level of 21,005 to a level of 20,701, losing 1.45% or 300 points. Later after, Modi-government came to power in May 2014, the 30-share barometer Sensex managed to post a gain of 50% in the last 4-year term despite the major slides caused on the back of events such as Greece exit from European Union (early-2015), China stock market meltdown (mid-2015), Britain’s exit from European Union (mid-2016) and the global sell-off (early-2018).

We bring to you a large-cap stock of auto part maker that has rallied more than 3400% during the 9-years beginning from April 2009 to April 2018 to buy and gain up to 25% on your money.

Shares of storage battery maker Amara Raja Batteries Ltd (Galla Ramachandra Naidu - Chairman and MD) have surged unanimously high in the last nine years. The stock of Amara Raja Batteries has advanced as high as 3410% to Rs 817.8 (11 April 2018) from a share price level of Rs 23.3 (13 April 2009). The share price of Rs 23.3 is adjusted with the respective corporate actions at that time.

Amara Raja Batteries had a stock split in 2007 which brought its face value to Rs 2 per equity share from Rs 10 earlier. In 2008, Amara Raja Batteries had a bonus issue in the ratio of 1:2 and subsequently in 2012, the company announced another stock split in ratio 1:2 which eventually brought the face value to Re 1 from Rs 2 per equity share.

The research and brokerage firm Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd has given a buy rating with a target price of Rs 1,000 from the recommendation price of Rs 811. “We expect Amara Raja Batteries’ revenue to grow 12.4% YoY (-3% QoQ) to Rs 15.1 billion, driven by strong growth in automotive OEM & replacement segment,” Motilal Oswal Securities said in a research report We expect PAT to increase 22% YoY to Rs 1.2 billion maintaining our FY19E and FY20E EPS estimates at Rs 34 and Rs 40, respectively, Motilal Oswal Securities said further.

Amara Raja Batteries commands a market capitalisation of about Rs 13,800 crore on Bombay Stock Exchange. Shares of Amara Raja Batteries are been categorised in the ‘A’ group of BSE and is a component of S&P BSE 200 and Nifty 500 indices.