Friday, July 15, 2016

One for the future - Ruthvika Shivani Gadde

If we consider the cycle between London 2012 and Rio 2016, then there are several achievements that Indian badminton can pride itself about.

One among those is the emergence of a very talented and confident group of Women’s shuttlers, who have shown that they can match up against the best in the world.

PV Sindhu’s rise was rapid, but over the course of time, a certain level of inconsistency had creeped into her game that made slightly vulnerable against the top shuttlers. But with just under a month to go for Rio, the lanky player seems to be steadily getting back into her groove.

A few other players also developed during this phase and among those who has blossomed during the end of this cycle has been Ruthvika Shivani Gadde.


In 2014, Ruthvika first burst onto the international scene when she clinched the Women’s Singles title at the Tata Open and then in 2015, won the Bangladesh intrnational.

The 19-year-old has been hovering around the circuit, but for sure has found her big break in 2016 with two major achievements.

The first of those came in February when pitted against Sindhu in the South Asian Games Gold medal match, she showed maturity beyond her years to defeat her fellow countrywomen and win the prized medal.

Those exploits certainly didn’t go unnoticed among the selectors and the coaches and Ruthvika found herself being picked as the third Singles player, ahead of the likes of reigning national champion PC Thulasi, Tanvi Lad etc to travel to Kuala Lumpur to feature in the 2016 Thomas and Uber Cup.

The big win

After India had thrashed Australia and Germany 5-0 and lost narrowly 2-3 to Japan, they were drawn to face Thailand in the quarterfinal stage of the competition.

They didn’t begin the tie in the most auspicious of manners, as Saina Nehwal lost in straight games to Ratchanak Intanon.

Sindhu then won her match against Porntip Buranaprasetsuk and when Jwala and Ashwini pulled off an impressive win in the third tie, the pressure, was unexpectedly on the Thai to take it into a decider.

However, they would have fancied their chances of taking the rubber to the 5h match, since an inexperienced Ruthvika was up against World No.25 Nitchaon Jindapol, an opponent ranked 78 places above her.

What transpired in the course of the next 25-30 minutes, took not just the crowd by surprise but also the entire Indian badminton fraternity y surprise as a nerveless Ruthvika showed little panic and pulled off a superb straight games win, impressing even Saina seated in the stands to ensure that India, against the odds, won the tie 3-1 and , but even more crucially sealed a spot in the semifinals of the competition, confirmed themselves a second consecutive Uber Cup medal.

Although she didn’t get an opportunity to play in the semifinal against China as India lost the tie 3-0, she had showed enough to the fraternity to indicate that a new star was on the horizon, if not born already.

Ruthvika’s performance in the competition got her praise from nine-time national champion Aparna Popat, who said that her victory against Jindapol would give her a lot of confidence and wished that it would serve as a breakthrough for her.

"She played that match under huge pressure, and she managed to pull it off. But that's how a junior would want to ease into the top, play the third Singles, win a vital match for the team.It gives you a lot of confidence.

“Yes. I think that’s how a youngster gets their breakthrough and I am hoping that this could be a breakthrough match for Ruthvika, it gives her the confidence that when she plays seniors and international tournaments, she can come up with such type of performance” Popat said.

The shuttler in an interview to Sportskeeda said that it was a humbling experience for her to be a part of a team that had the likes of Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta etc and to get the country across the line in the quarterfinal is an achievement that ranks quite high for her.

"To be part of the Indian contingent that boasts of the likes of Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponnappa, Jwala Gutta is humbling. Playing an important role in a nation’s victory has to rank really high in terms of its importance," she said.

Just like after London 2012, India found a fine batch of shuttlers, here’s hoping that after Rio 2016, we find a similar group again with Ruthvika being the torch bearer.

Harika edges Humpy in tie-breaker to bag Chengdu GP chess title

Winner Dronavalli Harika (C) on the podium with Koneru Humpy & Ju Wenjun

India's Grand Master Harika Dronavalli held on to her nerves on a nail-biting final day to capture the coveted Fide Women's Grand Prix chess title Chengdu - China on Thursday.

Harika, playing with white against Russia's Olga Girya, had to dig deep to pull off the much needed draw to win the title, her maiden career GP title.

Harika finished on seven points in the round robin tournament featuring the world's top 12 players to be crowned the chess queen in Chengdu.

It was a grand day for India as the other Grand Master Koneru Humpy too rounded off her campaign with a victory to also finish on seven points. Harika, however, was declared winner for finishing with a better tie-break record in the tournament.

It was a nerve-racking day for Harika as the pressure got to her and she ended up making mistakes.

"I was in a winning position," she said shortly after the win. "But I felt the pressure and couldn't play my best game. I am extremely happy as this is my first Grand Prix title."

Olga kept her at the table for 62 tense moves before finally accepting the draw. The triumph adds a bounty to her points tally and should see her qualify for the World Championships later this year.

Harika couldn't help but get emotional as the national anthem was played at the Chengdu arena to celebrate her victory. "I felt numb and exhilarated as I listened to the national anthem," she recollected.

The 25-year-old began the Grand Prix on a positive note, winning her first two games and jumping into the lead. She had to settle for four draws after that and even slipped to the second position.

She sprang back to the top of the table in the seventh round, when she beat compatriot Humpy. She played calmly and smartly in the remaining four rounds to earn draws and go on to win the title.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lavu Nageswara Rao appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is appointed Shri Lavu Nageswara Rao, as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office. 

He hails from Pedanandipadu in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. Nageswara Rao is a senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General of India. He primarily practices primarily at the Supreme Court of India. He served as an ASG from August 8, 2003 till his resignation in 2004, from August,2013 to May,2014 and from June 7 to December 15, 2014. He was also a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Mudgal Committee headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal and comprising senior advocate and former cricket umpire Nilay Dutta as the other member. The committee is tasked with conducting an independent inquiry into allegations of corruption, betting and spot-fixing in Indian Premier League matches.

The other 2 Kamma Judges in Supreme court of India are 1) Justice. Jasti Chalameswar 2) Justice. Nuthalapati VenkataRamana.. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sreya Vemuri among 40 Intel Science Talent Search Finalists

Sreya Vemuri, 17, of Carmel, investigated an aspect of quantum mechanics for her Intel Science Talent Search physics project. In this field, a Hamiltonian is defined as an operator that describes the totality of all of the energy within a system. Sreya investigated the effect of time on quantum systems in which parity (P), representing the algebraic sign of a system, and time (T), are each symmetric. Unlike previous research that assumed a time-independent (i.e., static) Hamiltonian, Sreya manipulated the energy and properties of a PT-symmetric system as time passed and observed how the symmetry of the Hamiltonian was affected. This enabled her to outline several conditions that would impact its function. Her findings on the quantum mechanics of open systems may inform laser and optic development as well as quantum computing. Sreya is founder and president of the Bollywood club at Carmel High School and volunteers with the North South Foundation to raise money for impoverished children in India. She plays piano and sings South Indian classical music, which she has performed at numerous charity events. Her parents are Gautam and Praveena Vemuri.

The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Intel STS alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.

Students are selected based upon their scientific research and also on their overall potential as future leaders of the scientific community.

From that select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, DC in March to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for $1,012,500 in awards, including the three top awards of $150,000 each.

Justice Ramineni KaushalendraRao

Sri Ramineni Kaushalendra Rao was born on 1910 in Bilaspur. Their family migrated from Vuyyuru, Krishna Distrrict, A.P. He had started Practice in Nagpur High Court in 1935 and appointed as Advocate General in 1946. He was appointed as High Court Judge in 1949, at the very young age of 39 years. He was the First Kamma High Court Judge. Justice R. Kaushalendra Rao was also served as the Member first finance commision after India got Independence.

Kaushalendra Rao Law College - Bilaspur named after him to  honour  Late. Kaushalendra Rao who was an Ex Judge High court of Nagpur.