Friday, November 28, 2008

"International Printer of the Year 2008" Award for Pragati Offset

Hyderabad-based Pragati Offset Pvt. Ltd., (Narendra Paruchuri CEO) India's leading printer, has earned the distinction of being honoured as world's number one printer for the second time when the company was conferred the prestigious "SAPPI International Printer of the Year 2008" award.

It was in 2006 that Pragati created history by being the first printing company from India as well as from the entire Asian, Australian and South/Central American region to ever win this award, which had so far gone only to printers from North America, Europe and South Africa.

At a function held recently in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Narendra Paruchuri, CEO of Pragati Offset received the award for Pragati's own 2008 calendar. The calendar was printed on SAPPI Magno paper, with multiple 3-dimensional embossing, foiling with overprinting, gloss, textured and glitter UV varnishes and new technologies such as holographic UV coatings.

The jury's comments in judging the calendar were "A great balance between print techniques and design. Excellent use of colour, Perfect even on overlays. A perfect example of what a Printer's own Promotion piece should be."

SAPPI - South African Pulp and Paper Inc., is the largest producer of Art paper in the world with mills in Europe, US and Africa. A global company with production facilities in 9 countries, SAPPI has over 15000 employees world over. The International competition encompassing all five continents was started in 2001.

Pragati has won 10 Golds, 20 Silvers and 6 Bronzes at the SAPPI competition in the past eight years, a feat unsurpassed by any printer in the world. Pragati also won numerous national awards including Best Printer in India and SAARC regions. Mr. Narendra Paruchuri said "Thanks to our efficient and motivated workforce who is proficient to handle the latest technologies, Pragati has achieved such unique distinctions, which restate the fact that we have taken the Indian printing quality to world-class level"

Friday, November 7, 2008

Elections set to redraw battle lines in coastal belt

‘Yuvagarjana’s Grand Success Is An Indication That The All-Powerful Kamma Lobby Is Set To Sail With TDP
News published inTimes of India
Hyderabad/Guntur: It appears that the massive success of TDP’s Yuvagarjana is all set to redraw the battle lines — mainly on caste basis — in the coastal region ahead of the 2009 elections. “Though there were people from other communities also at the meeting, it was mainly the convergence of Kammas which clinched the issue in favour of the TDP and made the meeting a largely successful affair,” admitted a BC leader of the party. He said the traffic on the national highway held up for over 12 hours was in itself a resounding indication of the Yuvagarjana success. But what made the Yuvagarjana special this time round when compared to NTR’s ‘Simhagarjana’ of 1994? Sources told TOI that the Kamma brigade, especially the youth, played a crucial role in mobilising the crowds to the Yuvagarjana meeting. “Without their enthusiasm, the ground opposite the ANU campus couldn’t have turned into a yellow ocean,” an insider close to district party chief Pulla Rao said.

Source said not only the party leadership had rushed senior leaders to the district much in advance to monitor the arrangements, but the preparatory meetings in the Kamma-dominant villages have come in handy for the mobilisation of the crowds, which according to some estimates had even swelled beyond 10 lakhs. Sociologically, Kapus have been the arch rivals of Kammas in the region where even the politically strong Reddys sail with the Kammas. But, the advent of Chiranjeevi on the political stage has changed the equations in the coastal villages as the youth from the politically alienated communities have started challenging the traditional satraps, resulting in serious conflict of interests at the grassroots level, an analyst said.

“The next elections are going to throw new challenges to the administration as all the three powerful sections are more than eager to snatch power,” commented a senior police official. In spite of clear division between the Kammas and Reddys at the village level, the leaders worked together resulting in ‘peaceful’ elections in the region in 2004 as except for a few violent incidents in Palnadu region, there were no major law and order problems.

However, it won’t be the same this time round as the electorate are being polarised on caste lines. “Yuvagarjana will surely help the TDP to bounce back, particularly in the coastal region, where it had tasted humiliating defeats in the last couple of years,” observed R Subramanyam, a retired principal. TDP senior leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu hit the nail when he said the ‘countdown’ for the doom of the Congress government both at the Centre and in the state has begun with the Yuvagarjana success. “The crowd turnout has only strengthened our belief that it’s only a matter of time before the corrupt YSR government is swept out of power,” he added.

‘We are one family’: Defending their stance on supporting Chandrababu Naidu, TDP politburo member and NTR’s son Harikrishna said they do not want to dig into the past. Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Harikrishna alleged that Congress leaders were behind their sister Purandareswari’s open letter to them.

“We have very high regard for her. We always wish her success wherever she is. To be frank, we are one as a family. We are divided only on political lines as she is Daggubati Purandareswari in political life,” said Harikrishna.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

'Sikhandi' Purandareswari!

దగ్గుబాటి పురందరేశ్వరి రాజకీయ 'శిఖండి' పాత్రను చాలా చక్కగా పోషిస్తున్నారు. పదవుల కోసం, స్వలాభం కోసం ఎంతకైనా తెగిస్తానని రుజువు చేసుకున్నారు. తాజాగా తన సోదరులైన బాలకృష్ణ, హరికృష్ణ మొదలైన నందమూరి వారసులను హెచ్చరిస్తూ చంద్రబాబు నాయుడుకు వ్యతిరేకంగా తీవ్రమైన ఆరోపణలు చేస్తూ పత్రికలకు పంపిన బహింరంగ లేఖతో ఆమె తన నీచమైన నైజాన్ని బయటపెట్టుకుంది.

తన సోదరులకు చంద్రబాబు నాయుడు గురించి నిజంగా ఏవైనా జాగ్రత్తలు చెప్పవలసి వస్తే వాళ్ళను తన ఇంటికి పిలిపించుకుని చెప్పవచ్చు లేదా ఫోన్ చేసి చెప్పవచ్చు కాని ఈ ఆ విషయాలని పత్రకలద్వారా బహిరంగ పరచిందంటే ఆమె చర్యల వెనుక ఎవరున్నారో, ఆమె చర్యల వెనుక ఉద్దేశం ఏమిటో చిన్న పిల్లవాడికైనా ఇట్టే అర్ధమౌతుంది.

రాజశేఖర రెడ్డి దర్శకత్వంలో పచ్చని నందమూరి కుటుంబంలో ఆ ఇంటి ఆడపడుచే విలన్ పాత్ర పోషిస్తోంది. తన కూతురినే అదుపాజ్ఞలలో పెట్టుకోలేని పురందరేశ్వరి ఇతరులను జాగ్రత్తగా ఉండమని హెచ్చరించటం చూస్తుంటే ఏదో నాటు సామెత గుర్తుకు రావటంలేదా?

NTR పదవీచ్యుతి తరువాత తన భర్త వెంకటేశ్వర రావుకు చంద్రబాబు నాయుడు మంత్రివర్గంలో మంత్రి పదవి ఇప్పించు కున్నప్పుడు కాని, 2004 అసెంబ్లీ ఎన్నికల ముందు తెలుగుదేశం పార్టీలో చేర్చుకోమని నెలల తరబడి చంద్రబాబు నాయుడు ఇంటి చుట్టూ తిరిగినప్పుడు కాని చంద్రబాబు నాయుడు నైజం గుర్తుకు రాలేదా?

ఆ తరువాత కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీలో చేరి స్వర్గంలో ఉన్న కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీ బద్ధ వ్యతిరేకి NTR ఆత్మను క్షోభ పెట్టిన పురందేశ్వరి ప్రస్తుతం చేస్తున్న ప్రకటనలు చూస్తుంటే 'దెయ్యాలు వేదాలు వల్లిస్తున్న' చందంగా ఉంది. నందమూరి అభిమానులు ఆమె చర్యలను అసహ్యించు కుంటున్నారనే విషయం పురందరేశ్వరి గ్రహిస్తే బాగుంటుంది.

Yuva Garjana 'Super Hit'

NTR PRANGANAM (GUNTUR): It was a sea of people at the Yuva Garjana venue with the event receiving an overwhelming response to the call given by the party to youth to come to the meeting to provide it an impetus to get back to power in the 2009 Assembly elections.

On Wednesday every possible road leading to Acharya Nagarjuna University on the National Highway No.5 was packed with people and vehicles.

People lustily cheered every dialogue of Telugu Desam Party leaders with the mention of Junior NTR by Nandamuri Harikrishna receiving the maximum claps.

Festive mood
A festive mood prevailed at the venue from last night and families in large numbers made a beeline to the venue till 11 a.m. on Wednesday. More than 20 trains stopped at Nagarjuna Nagar railway station that was non-functional for the regular train traffic.

While the organisers did not want the trains to stop here, the Railway authoriries found it convenient and time saving to stop them at the station 500 metres from the venue.

The organisers and police feared security problems, but a large contingent was posted on the road leading to ANU main gate from the railway station to streamline the movement of people before reaching the venue.

Every possible place around the venue was occupied with people from all over the State and neighbouring States. Bible Mission building adjoining the venue, tall trees, lorries, high-rise scaffoldings built for cut-outs were fully occupied by Balakrishna fans and Telugu Desam Party sympathisers.

Such was the surge of vehicles from Vijayawada and Guntur side that traffic got jammed up to 30 km from the venue on both sides of the National Highway.

The narrow Roads & Buildings roads leading to Amaravathi, Tadikonda, Nandivelugu and Nambur and Tenali were also full of vehicles and people walked more than two km to reach the venue.

An hour-long bursting of crackers was received well by the public and to the organisers’ surprise not many left the venue even while the last speaker in the form of Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu was making announcements. His promise of providing loans at 10 paise interest and Rs. 50,000 crore package for youth got the highest cheers.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

TRIMEX to invest Rs 2,250 cr in ilmenite mining

TRIMEX Industries (Prasad Koneru Managing Director) announced that it will commence ilmenite mining operations in the next two months in the Srikurmam district of Andhra Pradesh, where it plans to invest Rs 2,250 crore.

The area has proven reserves of 5.5 million tons of ilmenite and about 50 per cent of the land area specified in the mining lease was owned by the government. TRIMEX would be executing mining operations and related projects through its wholly owned subsidiary, TRIMEX Sands.
The current capital expenditure stands at Rs 250 crore and was expected to climb to Rs 2,250 crore in five years.

TRIMEX would hold the mining lease for a period of 30 years from the date of the lease award and was renewable for another 30 years.

Ilmenite is used to produce titanium dioxide, a key ingredient in creating white pigments in high quality paints, paper and plastics. Ilmenite is also used as an intermediate feedstock in the manufacture of titanium metals.

Pradeep Koneru, executive director, TRIMEX said: “Through this secure supply of ilmenite, TRIMEX will be one of the lowest cost titanium dioxide manufacturers globally, by value adding and integrating our operations throughout the supply chain. To this end, we are working to ensure that prices remain competitive to benefit the end-user.”

The value addition study is being conducted by TZMI, an independent consulting firm, specialising in the mineral sands and titanium dioxide pigment industries.

The company’s site facility has a capacity to produce 200,000 tons of ilmenite per annum and is expected to produce 65 per cent of that capacity in the first year of operations. Also, the facility would have an annual capacity to produce 80,000 tons of garnet, 80,000 tons of sillimenite, 6,000 tons of rutile and 6,000 tons of zircon.

TRIMEX Industries signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Andhra Pradesh in January 2001 to develop beach sand minerals. Under the MoU, TRIMEX has two more prospecting licenses for 40 sq km in areas adjacent to Srikurmam. The prospecting licenses will enhance the current economies of scale.

The global consumption of titanium dioxide pigment is projected to increase at a CAGR of three per cent from 4.96 million tons in 2008 to 6.25 million tons in 2015.

Collaboration Between Gullapalli and Associates and DIME to Enhance Value and Outcomes of Medical Education

DIME, an accredited provider of continuing medical education, together with Gullapalli and Associates (G&A), a consulting firm specializing in the development of collaborative educational strategy, announced a joint collaboration to identify, develop and produce comprehensive medical education strategies aimed at healthcare providers.

The collaboration combines DIME’s unique e-media platforms and experience in a variety of therapeutic areas with G&A’s expertise in identifying and developing collaborative educational strategies with key stakeholders—medical societies, associations, patient advocacy groups, academic centers of excellence and research centers—to provide more effective educational programs.

Donald Young, EVP and Managing Director of DIME, states, “Our philosophy as an organization is to develop deep and meaningful relationships with organizations that compliment our focus in several key therapeutic areas which is why we are excited to collaborate with G&A.”

“We believe that a critical success factor in the development and implementation of medical education is a collaborative framework where each partner brings their core competency to the table. This alliance furthers that strategic approach in new and exciting ways, states Dr. Venkat Gullapalli, CEO of Gullapalli and Associates.” He adds, “This combination of expertise ensures that healthcare providers receive and participate in practice-impacting educational activities that truly deliver measurable results at the patient level.”

About Gullapalli and Associates
Gullapalli and Associates, LLC (G&A) is the leading consulting firm that consists of a team of educational strategists who specialize in the identification, development and facilitation of collaborative educational initiatives. G&A works directly with healthcare organizations, societies, associations and centers of excellence to develop initiatives that address key gaps and barriers amongst specified healthcare providers. G&A’s process ensures that the resulting education is driven directly by these organizations, enabling them to better provide their skill, knowledge, and credibility to augment the overall outcomes of the initiatives for both healthcare providers and patients.