Friday, November 28, 2014

Capt. Parvathaneni VK Mohan elected IBSF president

India's Capt. Parvathaneni Venkata Krishna Mohan was elected president of the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday. 

Hyderabad's Capt. Mohan, who is also president of the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) and was the vice-president of the IBSF, polled 28 votes to 21 by incumbent Jim Leacy. 

Capt. Mohan thus became only the second Indian after the late RK Vissanji to head the IBSF Board. 
In the elections for the vice-president's post, Maxime Cassis of France defeated Alamgir Sheikh of Pakistan by 27 votes to 23. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Madhu Koneru among the top 50 list of Gulf’s richest Indians

Rank: 30
Madhu Koneru

Madhu Koneru  leads Trimex International, a global minerals and metals conglomerate in UAE. Among his notable achievements are the setting up of Trimex International FZE’s first overseas mineral processing plant at Jebel Ali in 1998. His expertise is regularly sought by the Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah governments in developing initiatives between India and the UAE and he is instrumental in forging corporate relationships with leading industrial giants in the region. As Trimex’s executive director, his entrepreneurialism and assertive leadership were instrumental in developing the strategic partnerships and cogent blueprint that ultimately led to the launch of MEC Holdings, which includes MEC Coal, MEC Infrastructure, MEC Agriculture, and the MEC Foundation.

Hollywood director Bharat Nalluri's Spooks movie release date confirmed for 2015

Spooks: The Great Good has been confirmed for release next year.

The spy thriller, based on the BBC and Kudos Film and Television's long-running TV series, will open in UK cinemas on May 8, 2015 through Pinewood Pictures.

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington will lead the cast of the movie, with Spooks veteran Peter Firth reprising his role as Harry Pearce.

The storyline focuses on Pearce being forced to resign after high-profile terrorist Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody.

When Pearce disappears off a bridge into the Thames, former agent Will Holloway (Harington) is drafted in from Moscow to foil a bomb thread from Qasim and uncover the truth surrounding the disappearance of his former mentor.

Spooks: The Greater Good was written by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, with regular series director Bharat Nalluri behind the camera.

Spooks, known as MI-5 in the US, ran for 86 episodes from 2002 to 2011. It also spawned a short-lived spinoff, Spooks: Code 9, in 2008.

Matthew Macfadyen, David Oyelowo, Keeley Hawes, Jenny Agutter, Rupert Penry Jones, Richard Armitage, Sophia Myles and Lara Pulver all featured among the cast over Spooks' ten series.

Padmabhushan Gottipati Brahmayya

Gottipati Brahmaiah (December 3, 1889–1984) was a freedom fighter, popularly known as Ryotu Pedda (Leader of Farmers). He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1982.

Born in Ghantasala (Divi Taluka of Krishna district) in Andhra Pradesh, India; he was educated at Noble High School, Machilipatnam, he organized the library movement and the adult education movement in 1917. He was also the President of District Congress Committee during 1922-1923. He was the founder of the Khadi Consumers' and Producers' Society at Ghantasala and became President of Krishna Khadi Board during 1923-1929.

Brahmaiah was one of the pioneers of the Zamindari Ryot Movement. He participated in the boycott of the Simon Commission in 1927. He was sentenced to imprisonment for one year and six months in 1930 for participating in the black flag demonstration against the then Governor’s visit to Machilipatnam. He was imprisoned in Rajahmundry, Berhampore and Vellore jails. He again took part in the Civil disobedience movement and was sentenced to two years of imprisonment in Rajahmundry, Bellary, Madras and Cuddalore jails. He was responsible for the temple entry of Harijans at Ghantasala in 1933. He was General Secretary of Andhra Provincial Congress Committee during 1937-1940. He was again detained for participating in Quit India movement in 1942 and placed in Vellore and Thanjavur prisons.

After independence, Brahmaiah became President of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee in 1962. He served as Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from 1964 to 1968. He was conferred with a doctorate "Kalaprapoorna" by Andhra University. Brahmaiah 's autobiography Naa Jeevana Nauka was published in the Telugu daily newspaper Andhra Jyothi in the late 1970s.

List of Kamma Assembly Speakers


B. Baktavatsalu Naidu 
Deputy Speaker, 1952 to 1967

P. Seenivasan
Deputy Speaker,  1971 to 1972
(Acting Speaker), 2 December 1972 3 August 1973

Munu Adhi, 
Speaker, 6 July 1977 18 June 1980

Andhra Pradesh

Nallapati Venkatramaiah, First Assembly Speaker of AP
23.11.1953 to 21.04.1955

Divi Kondaiah Chowdary, 
Speaker, 16.03.1978 to 16.10.1980

Alapati Dharma Rao 
Deputy Speaker, 20.03.1990 to 28.09.1992

Nadendla Manohar

Dy. Speaker 09.06.2009 to 03.06.2011
Speaker 04.06.2011 to 18.06.2014

Kodela Siva Prasad, First Assembly Speaker of Andhra Pradesh
June 2014 (Acting)