Friday, December 25, 2009

Aneesh Kodali selected for North Carolina Tennis Association Award

Aneesh Kodali will receive a 2010 Spirit Award by North Carolina Tennis Association. This award is given annually to a volunteer or a staff member who exemplifies extraordinary spirit and dedication toward growing the game of tennis in North Carolina. Kodali has organized and run tennis camps for children who might not otherwise get the opportunity to play tennis. He began Kids-for-Kids tennis camps in Wake County in 2008 offering free lessons, a tennis racket and a can of balls to all who registered. He expanded the camps in 2009, and registered more than 150 students.

Sahitya Akademi Award for Yarlagadda Laxmi Prasad

Well-known novelist Yarlagadda Laxmi Prasad honoured (2nd time) with the Sahitya Akademi award awards for 2009 for his Novel 'Draupadi'. Earlier YLP's translation of 'Tamas' into Telugu earned him the Central Sahitya Akademi award.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

G.H.Tippareddy elected to the Karnataka Legislative Council

G.H. Tippareddy (A Kamma 3 times fomer MLA - Chitradurga) of the BJP wins Chitradurga seat in the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Edpuganti Vani Rao: Congress Mayor candidate for Bilaspur Municipal Corporation

Raipur: Congress has announced Chattisgarh State Mahila Congress President Edpuganti Vani Rao it's candidate for the Mayor post of Bilaspur Municipal corporation.

Nava Bharat Singapore Acquires 65% Stake In Maamba Collieries

Hyderabad: Nava Bharat (Singapore) Pte Ltd (Ashok Devineni, chairman), a subsidiary of Nava Bharat Ventures Ltd, has signed a share sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with the Zambian government through the minister of finance and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investments Holding Plc (ZCCM-IH) for acquiring 65% stake in Maamba Collieries Ltd (MCL). The acquisition entails that the initial cost of acquisition of about $26 million (approximately Rs 121.68 crore) by Nava Bharat be paid upon completion.

ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM-IH) is a Zambia-based investments holdings company. The majority of the company’s investments are held in the copper mining sector of Zambia. In January 2008, the government of Zambia transferred its 100% stake in MCL to ZCCM-IH. As a result, ZCCM-IH controls the Maamba coal mine, which supplies coal to Mopani copper mines and Konkola copper mines in Zambia.

The acquisition was made pursuant to the selection of Nava Bharat against a global tender issued by ZCCM in late 2008 for inducting a private majority partner.

The whole process of acquisition is expected to be completed by February 2010. The SPA signed between both the entities sets out certain conditions precedent for completion of the transaction like the bankable power purchase agreement and an investment promotion and protection agreement which are critical to the proposed investment. There will be a completion audit whereby the final purchase consideration by netting the liabilities of MCL and tax assets would be ascertained.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Middle East Coal to invest $1.4 bn in Indonesia

MUMBAI: It could soon become a model to emulate for companies wanting to export minerals from Indoa. Singapore-based, India-oriented Middle East Coal (Madhu Koneru Vice Chairman), which owns coal mines in Indonesia, will invest $1.4 bn (about Rs 5,600 crore) in the SouthEast Asian country, as part of its deal, to mine coal and ship it to Indian power producers.

Middle East Coal has assured the Indonesian government to spend a fifth of the coal it mines in Indonesia itself, besides building infrastructure, in return for shipping coal from its mines in the Kalimantan province that are estimated to hold reserves of more than 2 billion tonnes.

This development may be closely watched by India for adopting to its iron ore policy — India has abundant reserves of the ore, while Indonesia is rich in coal — as the Indian government is currently in a bind on the issue of ore exports.

While homegrown steel companies such as Tata Steel, SAIL, JSW Steel have been vociferous in limiting iron ore shipments from India - the ore is a key raw material for steelmaking - the sharp rise in demand from China and the resultant benefits to state-owned ore exporters such as NMDC has prompted the government to pursue a lenient mining policy.

“It’s a business deal for us and would ensure early closure of our deals with Indian power producers,” says Middle East Coal vice chairman Madhu Koneru. “The environment in Indonesia is similar to that in India and the government there, is also worried about exporting precious natural resources. We understand that and we’re taking care to assure them,” he added.

The infrastructure that Middle East would build, would include a railway line that can be used to transport coal from the mine to the port from where it would be shipped to India. The railway line would be financed by IL&FS on a build-operate-transfer basis and Canada’s Canac would be the operator in handling the commodity at both railhead and the port. “The offtake agreements that Middle East would have with the Indian power producers, would be the contractual safeguard,” IL&FS CEO Hari Sankaran told.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Katta Subramanya Naidu turns actor

Karnataka Information Technology and Biotechnology Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu will be seen on the silver screen for the first time in cameraman-turned-director Ashok Kashyap’s 'Lift Kodla', a remake of Telugu super hit 'Mee Shreyobhilashi'.
Subramanya Naidu plays the Home Minister in Lift Kodla. He agreed to do the role at the behest of his friend Jaggesh, the hero of the movie.

"It is my friend Jaggesh who insisted that I do this role. I agreed and all the shooting was completed within hours. I’m now eager to see the film. I hope I won’t prove to be a bad actor," the minister told reporters in Bangalore.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Kammas Customs and Traditions before 1915 (Madras Presidency)


Kamma
Writing collectively concerning the Kammas, Kapus or Reddis, Velamas, and Telagas, Mr.W.Francis states that " all four of these large castes closely resemble one another in appearance and customs, and seem to have branched off from one and the same Dravidian stock. Originally soldiers by profession, they are now mainly agriculturists and traders, and some of them in the north are zamindars (land-owners).

The Razus, who now claim to be Kshatriyas, were probably descended from Kapus, Kammas, and Velamas. The Kammas and Kapus of the Madura and Tinnevelly districts seem to have followed the Vijayanagar army south, and settled in these districts when the Nayak Governors were established there. Their women are less strict in their deportment than those of the same castes further north, the latter of whom are very careful of their reputations, and, in the case of one section of the Kammas, are actually gosha (kept in seclusion) like Musalmanis."

The word Kamma in Telugu means the ear-ornament, such as is worn by women. According to one legend "the Rishis, being troubled by Rakshasas, applied to Vishnu for protection, and he referred them to Lakshmi. The goddess gave them a casket containing one of her ear ornaments (kamma), and enjoined them to worship it for a hundred years. At the expiry of that period, a band of five hundred armed warriors sprang up from the casket, who, at the request of the Rishis, attacked and destroyed the giants. After this they were directed to engage in agriculture, being promised extensive estates, and the consideration paid to Kshatriyas. They accordingly became possessed of large territories, such as Amravati and others in the Kistna, Nellore and other districts, and have always been most successful agriculturists."

Some Kammas, when questioned by Mr. F. R. Hemingway in the Godavari district, stated that they were originally Kshatriyas, but were long ago persecuted by a king of the family of Parikshat, because one of them called him a bastard. They sought refuge with the Kapus, who took them in, and they adopted the customs of their protectors. According to another legend, a valuable ear ornament, belonging to Raja Pratapa Rudra, fell into the hands of an enemy, whom a section of the Kapus boldly attacked, and recovered the jewel. This feat earned for them and their descendants the title Kamma.

Some of the Kapus ran away, and they are reputed to be the ancestors of the Velamas (veli, away). At the time when the Kammas and Velamas formed a single caste, they observed the Muhammadan gosha system, whereby the women are kept in seclusion. This was, however, found to be very inconvenient for their agricultural pursuits. They accordingly determined to abandon it, and an agreement was drawn up on a palm-leaf scroll. Those who signed it are said to have become Kammas, and those who declined to do so Velamas, or outsiders. One meaning of the word kamma is the palm-leaf roll, such as is used to produce dilatation of the lobes of the ears. According to another story, there once lived a king, Belthi Reddi by name, who had a large number of wives, the favourite among whom he appointed Rani. The other wives, being jealous, induced their sons to steal all the jewels of the Rani, but they were caught in the act by the king, who on the following day asked his wife for her jewels, which she could not produce. Some of the sons ran away, and gave origin to the Velamas ; others restored the Kamma, and became Kammas.

Yet one more story. Pratapa Rudra's wife lost her ear ornament, and four of the king's captains were sent in search of it. Of these, one restored the jewel, and his descendants became Kammas ; the second attacked the thieves, and gave origin to the Velamas ; the third ran away, and so his children became the ancestors of the Pakanatis ; and the fourth disappeared.

According to the Census Report, 1891, the main sub- divisions of the Kammas are Gampa, Illuvellani, Godajati, Kavali, Vaduga, Pedda, and Bangaru. It would seem that there are two main endogamous sections, Gampa (basket) Chatu, and Goda (wall) Chatu. Chatu is said to mean a screen or hiding place. Concerning the origin of these sections, the following story is told. Two sisters were bathing in a tank (pond), when a king happened to pass by. To hide themselves, one of the girls hid behind a basket, and the other behind a wall. The descendants of the two sisters became the Gampa and Goda Chatu Kammas, who may not intermarry by reason of their original close relationship.

According to another legend, after a desperate battle, some members of the caste escaped by hiding behind baskets, others behind a wall. The terms Illuvellani and Pedda seem to be synonymous with Godachatu. The women of this section were gosha, and not allowed to appear in public, and even at the present day they do not go out and work freely in the fields. The name Illuvellani indicates those who do not go (vellani) out of the house (illu). The name Pedda (great) refers to the superiority of the section.

Vaduga
Vaduga simply means Telugu, and is probably a name given by Tamilians to the Kammas who live amongst them. The name Bangaru is said to refer to the custom of the women of this sub-division wearing only gold nose ornaments (bangaramu). The Godajati sub-division is said to be most numerously represented in North Arcot and Chingleput, the Illuvellani in Krishna, Nellore and Anantapur. The Kavali sub-division is practically confined to the Godavari, and the Pedda to the Krishna district.

The Vaduga Kammas are found chiefly in Coimbatore. In his note on the Kammas of the Godavari district, Mr. Hemingway writes that " in this district they are divided into Kavitis, Eredis, Gampas or Gudas, Uggams, and Rachas. These names are, according to local accounts, derived from curious household customs, generally from traditional methods of carrying water. Thus, the Kavitis will not ordinarily carry water except in pots on a kavidi, the Eredis except on a pack-bullock, the Uggams except in pots held in the hand, and not on the hip or head, the Rachas except in a pot carried by two persons. The Gampa women, when they first go to their husbands' houses, take the customary presents in a basket. It is said that these practices are generally observed at the present day."

Writing concerning the Iluvedalani (Illuvellani) Kammas, the editor of the Kurnool Manual (1886) states that " a few families only exist in the district. The women are kept in strict gosha. They consider it beneath them to spin thread, or to do other work.

A sub-division of this caste lives in Pullalcheruvu, whose families, also gosha, work at the spindles, like other women of the country. Another class of indoor Kammas resides about Owk, They are apparently descendants of the Kammas, who followed the Naiks from Guntur to Gandikota in the sixteenth century. They are now reduced, and the females work, like Kapus, in the field.


The Gampas are distinguished from the indoor Kammas by their women wearing the cloth over the right, instead of the left shoulder." As with other Telugu castes, there are, among the Kammas, a number of exogamous septs or intiperu, of which the following are examples : —

Palakala, planks.
Kasturi, musk.
Baththala, rice.
Karnam, accountant.
Irpina, combs.
Gali, wind.
Dhaniala, coriander.
Anumolu, Dolichos Lablab.
Tsanda, tax or subscription.
Jasthi, too much.
Mallela, jasmine.
Lanka, island.
Thota kura, Amarantus gangeticus.
Komma, horn, or branch of a tree.
Cheni, dry field.
The Kammas also have gotras such as Chittipoola,
Kurunollu, Kulakala, Uppala, Cheruku (sugar-cane),
Vallotla, and Yenamalla.



Chowdary
When matters affecting the community have to be decided, a council of the leading members thereof assembles. But, in some places, there is a permanent headman, called Mannemantri or Chowdari.


The Kammas will work as coolies in the fields, but will, on no account, engage themselves as domestic servants. " They are," the Rev. J. Cain writes,* " as a rule a fine well-built class of cultivators, very proud and exclusive, and have a great aversion to town life. Many of them never allow their wives to leave their compounds, and it is said that many never do field work on Sundays, but confine themselves on that day to their house-work."

" If," a correspondent writes from the Kistna district, " you ask in a village whether so-and-so is a Brahman, and they say ' No. He is an asami (ordinary man),' he will be a Kamma or Kapu. If you ask how many pay income-tax in a village, they may tell you two Baniyas (merchants), and two Samsari-vallu, i.e., two prosperous Kamma ryots."

The Kammas are stated by Mr. H. A. Stuart to be " most industrious and intelligent cultivators, who, now that gosha has been generally abandoned, beat all rivals out of the field — a fact which is recognised by several proverbs, such as

Kamma vani chetulu kattina nilavadu (though you tie a Kamma's hands, he will not be quiet) ;
Kamma vandlu cherite kadama jatula vellunu (if Kammas come in, other castes go out) ;
Kamma variki bhumi bhayapadu tunnadi (the earth fears the Kammas), and many others to the same effect.


In addition to being industrious and well-to-do they are very proud, an instance of which occurred in the Kistna district, when the Revenue Settlement Officer offered them pattas,
in which they were simply called Chowdari without the honorific ending garu. They refused on this account to accept them, and finally the desired alteration was made, as they proved that all of their caste were considered entitled to the distinction.


Traditions
In North Arcot, however, they are not so particular, though some refuse to have their head shaved, because they scruple to bow down before a barber. Besides Vishnu the Kammas worship Ganga, because they say that long ago they fled from Northern India, to avoid the anger of a certain Raja, who had been refused a bride from among them. They were pursued, but their women, on reaching the Mahanadi, prayed for a passage to Ganga, who opened a dry path for them through the river. Crossing, they all hid themselves in a dholl [Cajanus indicus) field, and thus escaped from their pursuers. For this reason, at their marriages, they tie a bunch of dholl leaves to the north- eastern post of the wedding booth, and worship Ganga before tying the tali."

Among the Kammas of the Tamil country, the bride- groom is said to be sometimes much younger than the bride, and a case is on record of a wife of twenty-two years of age, who used to carry her boy-husband on her hip, as a mother carries her child.* A parallel is to be found in Russia, where not very long ago grown-up women were to be seen carrying about boys of six, to whom they were betrothed, f Widow remarriage is not permitted. Widows of the Goda chatu section wear white, and those of the Gampa chatu section coloured cloths.

Prior to the betrothal ceremony, female ancestors, Vigneswara, and the Grama Devata (village deities) are worshipped. A near relation of the future bridegroom proceeds, with a party, to the home of the future bride. On their way thither, they look for omens, such as the crossing of birds in an auspicious direction. Immediately on the occurrence of a favourable omen, they burn camphor, and break a cocoanut, which must split in two with clean edoes. One half is sent to the would-be bridegroom, and the other taken to the bride's house. If the first cocoanut does not split properly, others are broken till the wished-for result is obtained. When the girl's house is reached, she demands the sagunam (omen) cocoanut. Her lap is filled with flowers, cocoanuts, turmeric, plantains, betel leaves and areca nuts, combs, sandal paste, and coloured powder (kunkumam). The wedding day is then fixed.

Marriage is generally celebrated at the house of the bridegroom, but, if it is a case of kannikadhanam (presenting the girl without claiming the bride's price), at the house of the bride. The bride-price is highest in the Gampa section. On the first day of the marriage rites, the petta mugada sangyam, or box-lid ceremony is performed. The new cloths for the bridal couple, five plantains, nuts, and pieces of turmeric, one or two combs, four rupees, and the bride-price in money or jewels, are placed in a box, which is placed near the parents of the contracting couple. The contents of the box are then laid out on the lid, and examined by the sammandhis (new relations by marriage). The bride's father gives betel leaves and areca nuts to the father of the bride groom, saying " The girl is yours, and the money mine." The bridegroom's father hands them back, saying " The girl is mine, and the money yours." This is repeated three times. The officiating purohit (priest) then announces that the man's daughter is to be given in marriage to so-and-so, and the promise is made before the assembled Deva Brahmanas, and in the presence of light, Agni, and the Devatas. This ceremony is binding, and, should the bridegroom per-chance die before the bottu (marriage badge) is tied, she becomes, and remains a widow. The milk-post is next set up, the marriage pots are arranged, and the nalagu ceremony is performed. This consists of the annointing of the bridal couple with oil, and smearing the shoulders with turmeric flour, or Acacia Concinna paste. A barber pares the nails of the bridegroom, and simply touches those of the bride with a mango leaf dipped in milk.

In some places this rite is omitted by the Gampa section. A small wooden framework, called dhornam, with cotton threads wound round it, is generally tied to the marriage pandal (booth) by a Tsakali (washerman) not only at a marriage among the Kammas, but also among the Balijas, Kapus, and Velamas.

After the return of the bridal couple from bathing, the bridegroom is decorated, and taken to a specially prepared place within or outside the house, to perform Vira-gudi- mokkadam, or worship of heroes in their temple. At the spot selected a pandal has been erected, and beneath it three or five bricks, representing the heroes (viralu), are set up. The bricks are smeared with turmeric paste, and painted with red dots. In front of the bricks an equal number of pots are placed, and they are worshipped by breaking a cocoanut, and burning camphor and incense.

The bridegroom then prostrates himself before the bricks, and, taking up a sword, cuts some lime fruits, and touches the pots three times. In former days, a goat or sheep was sacrificed. The hero worship, as performed by the Goda section, differs from the above rite as practiced by the Gampa section. Instead of erecting a pandal, the Godas go to a pipal (Fiats i^eligiosa) tree, near which one or more daggers are placed. A yellow cotton thread is wound three or five times round the tree, which is worshipped. As a substitute for animal sacrifice, lime fruits are cut. The hero worship concluded, the wrist- threads of cotton and wool (kankanam) are tied on the bride and bridegroom, who is taken to the temple after he has bathed and dressed himself in new clothes. On his return to the booth, the purohit Hghts the sacred fire, and the contracting couple sit side by side on a plank. They then stand, with a screen spread between them, and the bridegroom, with his right big toe on that of the bride, ties the bottu round her neck. They then go three times round the dais, with the ends of their cloths knotted together. The bottu of the Gampas is a concave disc of gold, that of the Godas a larger flat disc. On the following day, the usual nagavali, or sacrifice to the Devas is offered, and a nagavali bottu (small gold disc) tied.


All the relations make presents to the bridal pair, who indulge in a mock representation of domestic life. On the third day, pongal (rice) is offered to the pots, and the wrist- threads are removed. Like the Palli bridegroom, the Kamma bridegroom performs a mimic ploughing cere-
mony, but at the house instead of at a tank (pond). He goes to a basket filled with earth, carrying the iron bar of a ploughshare, an ox-goad, and rope, accompanied by the bride carrying in her lap seeds or seedlings. While he pretends to be ploughing, his sister stops him, and will not let him continue till he has promised to give his first born daughter to her son in marriage. The marriage pots are presented to the sisters of the bridegroom. During the marriage celebration, meat must not be cooked. 


Among the Kammas, consummation does not take place till three months after the marriage ceremony, as it is considered unlucky to have three heads of a family in a household during the first year of marriage. By the delay, the birth of a child should take place only in the second year, so that, during the first year, there will be only two heads, husband and wife. In like manner, it is noted by Mr. Francis * that, among the Gangimakkulu and Madigas, the marriage is not consummated till three months after its celebration.


When a pregnant woman is delivered, twigs of Balanites Roxburghii are placed round the house. The dead are usually cremated. As the moment of death approaches, a cocoanut is broken, and camphor burnt. The thumbs and great toes of the corpse are tied together. A woman, who is left a widow, exchanges betel with her dead husband, and the women put rice into his mouth. The corpse is carried to the burning-ground on a bier, with the head towards the house. When it approaches a spot called Arichandra's temple, the bier is placed on the ground, and food is placed at the four corners. Then a Paraiyan or Mala repeats the formula " I am the first born i.e., the representative of the oldest caste). I wore the sacred thread at the outset. I am Sangu Paraiyan (or Reddi ;Mala). I was the patron of Arichandra. Lift the corpse, and turn it round with its head towards the smasanam (burning-ground), and feet towards the house." When the corpse has been laid on the pyre, the relations throw rice over it, and the chief mourner goes three times round the pyre, carrying on his shoulder a pot of water, in which a barber makes holes. During the third turn he lights the pyre, and throwing down the pot, goes off to bathe. On the following day, a stone is placed on the spot where the deceased breathed his last, and his clothes are put close to it. The women pour milk over the stone, and offer milk, cocoanuts, cooked rice, betel, etc., to it. These are taken by the males to the burning-ground. When Arichandra's temple is reached, they place there a small quantity of food on a leaf. At the burning-ground, the fire is extinguished, and the charred bones are collected, and placed on a plantain leaf. Out of the ashes they make an effigy on the ground, to which food is offered on four leaves, one of which is placed on the abdomen of the figure, and the other three are set by the side of it. The first of these is taken by the Paraiyan, and the others are given to a barber, washerman, and Panisavan (a mendicant caste). The final death ceremonies (karmandhiram) are performed on the sixteenth day. They commence with the punyaham, or purificatory ceremony, and the giving of presents to Brahmans. Inside the house, the dead person's clothes are worshipped by the women. The widow is taken to a tank or well, where her nagavali bottu is removed. This usually wears out in a very short time, so a new one is worn for the purpose of the death ceremony. The males proceed to a tank, and make an effigy on the ground, near which three small stones are set up. On these libations of water are poured, and cooked rice, vegetables, etc., are offered. The chief mourner then goes into the water, carrying the effigy, which is thrown in, and dives as many times as there have been days between the funeral and the karmandhiram. The ceremony closes with the making of presents to the Brahmans and agnates. Towards evening, the widow sits on a small quantity of rice on the ground, and her marriage bottu is removed. The Kammas perform a first annual ceremony, but not a regular sradh afterwards.


As regards their religion, some Kammas are Saivites, others Vaishnavites. Most of the Saivites are disciples of Aradhya Brahmans, and the Vaishnavites of Vaishnava Brahmans or Satanis. The Gampas reverence Draupadi, Mannarsami, Gangamma, Ankamma, and Padavetiamma; the Godas Poleramma, Veikandla Thalli (the thousand- eyed goddess) and Padavetiamma.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dronavalli Harika wins National Women chess title

Chennai: Dec 12 Top Seed International Master Dronavalli Harika of Andhra Pradesh proved her supremacy when she won her maiden title in the 36th National Women Premier Chess Championship here today.

Harika drew her game against WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy to take the top honours with 8.5 points.

In the 11th and final round today, WGM Meenakshi, who was in the sole lead till the penultimate round, was facing WGM Mary Ann Gomes with the white pieces. As her tiebreak score was low, Meenakshi had to win to have a sniff of the championship title.

From an English opening, she threw caution to the winds and went for an allout attack against Mary's king, weakening her own king in the process. Mary was quick to get her own counterattack going and Meenakshi lost her way to lose the game in 35 moves facing inevitable mate.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Michigan State Medical Society honors Dr.Mukkamala couple

EAST LANSING, Michigan — The Michigan State Medical Society has honored Drs. AppaRao Mukkamala, chair of radiology at Hurley Medical Center, and wife Dr. Sumathi Mukkamala, a retired pediatrician, with Community Service Awards for volunteerism.

The couple are being honored for their continuing efforts to improve medical conditions and the general welfare of people in their native India.

Sumathi Mukkamala founded the Chinmaya Vijaya Orphanage in the coastal farming district of Andhra Pradesh, where she spends eight months each year working with 50 young girls who have been given a permanent home and education through the orphanage.

AppaRao Mukkamala was the primary creator of the NRI Medical Center and Medical School in Andhra Pradesh, where nearly 100,000 inpatients and 1.2 million outpatients have received low-cost care for everything from cataracts to coronary bypass. The medical school accepts 150 young men and women each year to its program rated among the best in India.

The husband-and-wife team have each given more than $1 million of their individual savings to create their humanitarian projects, which continue to thrive and grow each year.

Dr.Suresh Koneru Named Texas Super Doctor for Third Year in a Row

Dr. Suresh Koneru, a San Antonio-based plastic surgeon, has been named a Texas Super Doctor for the third year in a row.

December 7, 2009 -- Dr. Suresh Koneru, a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Antonio, Texas, has been named as a Texas Super Doctor for the third year in a row by “Texas Monthly” magazine. The doctor joins a list of highly respected physicians across the state to have earned such an honor.

“Once again, I am humbled to be placed in this group. It is an honor to be included and recognized,” said Dr. Suresh Koneru, of Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery. “It is always nice to be recognized for what you do. I love what I do, and this confirms that others do, as well. It is especially gratifying that my peers feel the same way.”


In addition, Dr. Koneru has been named by “Scene in S.A.” magazine as one of the Top Doctors for 2009. In 2007, 2008 and again this year, he has made the “Texas Monthly” magazine list through a process that involves surveying medical doctors, a blue-ribbon panel review, and a research process that includes interviewing and data verification.

Dr. Koneru has earned his distinguished reputation by being a leader in the plastic surgery field for over 13 years. He specializes in a variety of body-contouring procedures, which include breast augmentation with and without implants, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction, among others. Over the years, he has stayed active in the reconstructive surgery field by conducting scientific research studies, publishing numerous articles, and giving presentations to other medical professionals. In addition, he has been instrumental in creating technological advances within the field.

About Dr. Suresh Koneru: Dr. Suresh Koneru, located in San Antonio, Texas, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and owner of Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery, PA. His office is located in the Quarry area and offers a broad range of plastic surgery options for both the body and face, covering everything from face lifts to liposuction, as well as non-invasive procedures like chemical peels and collagen injections. He has been in private practice since 1996. He has held several physician leadership positions including Chairman of Plastic Surgery and Chief of Staff appointments at local area hospitals. To learn more about Dr. Suresh Koneru, visit the Web site at
http://www.drkoneru.com/.

Monday, December 7, 2009

BITS Pilani Final Year Student Harsha Mandava attends Princeton Business Today International Conference

Proud to be BITSian Harsha Vardhan Mandava takes inspiration from Bill Drayton quote "Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry."

BITS - Pilani – Business Today is run entirely by undergraduates at Princeton University as an independent, non-profit foundation. The International Conference held in New York City each year takes approximately one out of every ten students who apply worldwide.

Founded in 1968 by Steve Forbes, Michael Mims, and Jonathan Perel during their undergraduate years at Princeton University, Business Today which started as a magazine featuring student-written articles, executive-written articles, and executive interviews presently includes Online Journal, Conference, and Seminar Series programs, all with the aim of bridging the gap between students and executives.

Keeping in mind the collapse of the housing bubble followed by the credit crisis, for the year 2009, the 35th International Conference of Business Today had the theme “Weathering the Storm: The Challenges and Opportunities of A Global Slowdown” with focus on The Business Cycle, The Competitive Landscape and The Evolving Political Environment. The highlights of the conference included Case Study Project, Executive Seminar Sessions, Executive Panel Discussion, Entrepreneur’s address and Business Plan Competition.

Some of the prominent speakers at this year’s conference were the Ford Motor Company Chairman Bill Ford, noted American economist and stock broker Peter Schiff, Princeton professor Alan Blinder and President of Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis James Bullard.

Mandava Harsha Vardhan, final year B.E. (Hons) Computer Science student from Birla Institute of Technology and Science – BITS Pilani was one of the chosen 150 students worldwide to participate in the same this year held during November 21 – 24, 2009.

The conference held at Grand Hyatt in Times Square was an all-expenses (airfare, hotel, and food) paid trip for the selected students.

The conference gave him an opportunity not only to learn from over 70 leading CEO’s and executives who shared their personal anecdotes and insights on the business cycle gained from their years of experience but also meet 150 most talented peers from around the world and work with them to complete a Harvard Business School Case Study dealing with Management of Warren Buffet Company Berkshire Hathaway.

It is indeed a matter of pride that Harsha Vardhan also happens to be the recipient of grant of US$10,000 as a part of the Social Entrepreneurship Contest 2009 of Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program for his proposal to start a community development project in a group of 9 island villages (known as the lanka villages) located in the delta of River Krishna in Guntur district Andhra Pradesh slated for implementation through "Parivartan Foundation for socio-economic change", an NGO registered by Harsha and his team. For more details about Parivartan click http://www.parivartanfoundation.org/default.html or Email mandavaharshavardhan@gmail.com

This experience of having attended the Business Today International Conference in the opinion of Harsha will go a long way in achieving his dream of Social Entrepreneurship

Gutta Jwala-Diju beaten in World Super Series final

Johor Bahru(Malaysia), Dec 6: Indian mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju suffered a straight-game defeat at the hands of top seeded Danish duo of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in the summit clash of the World Super Series Masters Finals here today.

Seventh seeded Jwala and Diju, who have been having an eventful season with two titles, lost 14-21, 18-21 in just 37 minutes.

The Indian duo who surprised many to reach the final of the season-ending tournament lacked consistency in smashes and long rallies though it was an even contest in net play.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Vibha Seeds sets up Rs 200-crore seed facility in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad: The Rs 500-crore Vibha Seeds Group ( Parchuri Vidyasagar Chairman and Managing director) has invested Rs 200 crore to set up a multi-crop seed processing facility at Janampet in Mahboobnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. The state-of-the-art centre, built on about 106 acres, is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. The company is engaged in private crop genetics and plant breeding researches. It undertakes crop improvement research programmes and reaches out to more than 20 million farmers across 19 states.

According to Vidyasagar Parchuri, CMD, Axis Bank and L&T are providing 80% of the funding as debts and the rest is from internal accruals. He said that plant has the capacity to process 1,200 mt of field and vegetable crops per day. It is claimed to be the world’s largest plant that includes an industrial scale biotech laboratory, a corn-cob drying facility, a cotton processing plant, warehouse packaging and cold storage facilities. The facility can roll out 100 trucks of processed seeds of over 190 products in 12 field crops and 18 vegetable crops, per day, he added.

Incidentally, the company is integrating biotechnology and genetic engineering with conventional breeding methods. Its gene bank includes 60,000 germ plasms of all its seed crops. The company has research farms on 800 acres, 15 R&D centres and 34 multi-location testing centres across the country. With cotton as its focus, the company has become the fourth largest cotton player, and doubling its sales this year from 25 lakh packets. It has over 11 Bollgard and 14 Bollgard II cotton hybrids for all the three cotton growing zones.

It is in collaboration with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre, Centro International de Mejoramiento de Maizy Trigo, International Rice Research Institute and Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics.

6 Kamma Corporators elected for GHMC

6 Kammas are elected as Corporators in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections

1) Edpuganti DhanaLakshmi P&T Colony
2) Attaluri Vijaya Lakshmi Srinagar Colony
3) Dandamudi Sobhanadri KPHB Colony
4) Manchikalapudi Bhanu Prasad Hyder Nagar
5) Boddu Venkateswaera Rao Qutbullapur
6) Kotta Rama Rao
Kapra

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dr N Varaprasad: CEO - National Library Board Singapore

Dr N Varaprasad
CEO National Library Board

Dr N Varaprasad has made many significant contributions to public service and education in Singapore. After 13 years teaching Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Singapore, he moved to educational administration and leadership positions. His 11 years, from April 1990 to 2001, as Principal/CEO of Temasek Polytechnic where he founded and built the institution to a major institution of13,000 students with a reputation for innovative teaching and progressive educational methods is noteworthy. The vibrant, creative and student-friendly atmosphere that characterize Temasek Polytechnic are attributed to his strong leadership.
Upon leaving the polytechnic, Prasad was appointed as the Deputy President of the National University of Singapore in Dec 2001, overseeing the corporate cluster of departments, such as the library, computer centre, student matters, occupational health and safety, quality management, arts and culture.


On 15 Sep 2004, he joined the National Library Board as its Chief Executive. The National Library Board is recognised world-wide for its innovations in delivering a world-class library system for Singapore. Within nine months he published the Library 2010 strategic plan for the NLB, laying out the directions for the next five critical years. He has also made corporate governance a key platform of his leadership.

Prasad also serves on the Boards of the Civil Service College, the Health Promotion Board, and the SIA Engineering Co Ltd. as well as other public and charitable organizations.

Dr Varaprasad has also published many of his research papers on urban transport planning and methodology in prominent scholarly journals and books. More recently he has given invited presentations on the future of public and national libraries and organizational excellence at various conferences.


Indies Pharma makes history

Jamaica: A commitment to quality and leadership in the pharmaceutical industry has landed the Montego Bay-based Indies Pharma (Dr Guna Muppuri, president and CEO) the prestigious 2009 Century International Quality ERA Award.

During the 11th Century International Quality ERA Convention in Geneva, Switzerland, Indies Pharma copped the award in the gold category in recognition of tech-nology, innovation and management -
marking the first time a Jamaican pharmaceutical company has won such an award.

"We were surprised that we were chosen for this award because, while you are aware that you are monitored locally, we were not aware the international community was also taking such a keen interest in our operations," said Dr Guna Muppuri, Indies Pharma's president and chief executive officer.

Good track record
The criteria on which the award is given includes excellence in leadership and business manage-ment, quality and excellence, business and brandname prestige and technology, innovation and expansion.

While Indies Pharma has only been in business since 2005, the company has managed to win the National Quality Awards by the Bureau of Standards twice in 2006 and 2008, with more than 30,000 companies locally vying for this award. In addition, the company won the Best New Business Award in 2006, presented by the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce; the Employment Creation Award in 2007, presented by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica.

Operating under the slogan 'Caring for the Nation's Health', Muppuri pointed out that the success of his company has been fuelled by the commitment and dedication to providing quality supplies, offering excellent leadership "with a passion as we want to see our people healthy".

Muppuri added: "A healthy nation is a productive one and we want to play our role in accomplishing that."

Indies Pharma is a unique pharmaceutical company that offers a comprehensive package of scientific, technical, medical education and pharmaceutical consultancy services in addition to its regional (Caribbean) and local marketing and distribution services to its multi-national principal drug manufacturers.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sipra bags Emerging India award

HYDERABAD: The city-based Sipra Labs Limited (Vemulapalli Satyanarayana Managing Director), an integrated Contractual Research Organisation, was awarded the ‘Best Emerging Company’ in the pharmaceutical and chemical sector at an awards function organised to give Emerging India Award - 2009.

The Emerging India Award is presented to boost the small and medium enterprenuers (SME) segment of India that employs nearly 70 per cent of India’s workforce and accounts for 95 per cent of the country’s industrial units.


The Emerging Company award was presented to Sipra Labs Limited Managing Director Vemulapalli. Satyanarayana and Director V. Srihari by Home Minister P. Chidambaram recently at New Delhi.

Monday, November 23, 2009

PANGULURI RAMAN SUBBA RAO - WISDEN CRICKETER OF THE YEAR 1961

Raman Subba Row Panguluri, the Northamptonshire Ex.captain ,  chairman of the Test & County Cricket Board and an ICC match referee and left-handed batsman, has for many years provided his critics with the perfect answer -- success. Because of his somewhat cramped-looking style when batting and a certain awkwardness about his movements in the field there are many who are ever-ready to leap to the attack whenever he is chosen for England. Nobody pretends there is elegance and fluency about Subba Row's batting, but it needs far more than a quick appraisal to realise his true worth.

Courage and team-spirit are important factors in cricket and Subba Row, as we will see, has these in abundance. And if anyone believes that batting is dull when he is at the crease it is suggested that a closer inspection be made.

Note particularly the times when he keeps pace with harder hitting and more stylish players and his willingness to upset the field by going for sharply run singles. Suddenly it may dawn on them that there are few more effective players in England today. When a field is set deep to check runs and most batsmen are pounding away with mighty hits, often straight to a man, Subba Row has the almost uncanny knack of finding all sorts of gaps with his superb timing and placing of the ball. His is an art not always appreciated.

Subba Row was born at Streatham in Surrey on January 29, 1932. His father Panguluri Subba Rao, Native of Bapatla village Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India, went to Ireland just before the First World War and, studying at Dublin University, became a barrister and Privy Councillor. His mother is English and he has a brother, Stanley, nine years his senior. The family were always interested in cricket and the two youngsters often played together in the garden at their home.

At his preparatory school in Croydon, where he stayed until the age of 12, Subba Row developed into a useful left-handed batsman and right-arm slow bowler and he captained the side in his last year.

On going to Whitgift School, Subba Row made the first eleven in 1947 and remained in it for four years, again showing his prowess as a leader by being appointed captain in 1950. For three successive years he headed the batting averages and his slow bowling became increasingly effective.

In 1949 he was second in the school averages and in 1950, when changing from off-breaks to leg-breaks and googlies, he finished first with 52 wickets at 10 runs apiece. Two exceptional bowling performances in his last year were nine for nine against Hurstpierpoint and nine for 27 against Incogniti. During this period Subba Row received a good deal of help from E.A. Watts, formerly Surrey, then coaching at Whitgift.

During the school holidays Subba Row continued his cricket with Old Whitgiftians before going to Cambridge. There, with coaching from J.C. Laker (Surrey) and A.E.G. Rhodes (Derbyshire), he made an immediate mark and gained a Blue as a Freshman in 1951 in a side which included P.B.H. May, D.S. Sheppard, J.J. Warr and R.G. Marlar. As a middle-order batsman and slow bowler he held his own comfortably and in the second innings against Oxford he took five for 21.

As his bowling began to deteriorate so his batting improved and the following year he finished third in the Cambridge averages with an innings of 94 against Oxford his best score. Subba Row really came to the fore in his last year at the University, heading their averages with 52.05 and also turning out for Surrey in 14 Championship games, finishing second with them. In first-class matches he scored 1,823 runs and his average of 50.63 made him fifth in the country.


That winter he toured India with the Commonwealth side and on his return things began to go wrong for him. He had only moderate success for Surrey and during the season tore a thigh muscle. He had thoughts of giving up the game and going into business, but Northamptonshire invited him to join them on special registration in 1955. He also found work with a firm of accountants in the county. His form began to improve and against Lancashire at Northampton he made 260 not out, the highest score in Northamptonshire's history.

Little was seen of Subba Row in the next two years for he was called into the R.A.F. in March 1956. He stayed there for two years, reaching the rank of Pilot Officer with recruit training and education his special subjects. He played for the R.A.F. and Combined Services and occasionally for Northamptonshire before returning full-time for the county in 1958.

Appointed captain, he came right into form and headed their averages. He also finished third in the country, his 1,810 runs including 300, the only treble century against Surrey at The Oval. It also broke his own record for Northamptonshire and his stand of 376 for the sixth wicket with Lightfoot became the best for any wicket for the county.

At the end of that successful season he was chosen to tour Australia and New Zealand but luck went against him and just before the first Test he broke a bone at the base of his right thumb and played little on the tour.

He recovered so well from that setback that 1959 became his most prolific season. He scored 1,917 runs and hit six centuries. That form earned him a place in the team to West Indies where he again did splendidly, averaging 54, although he once more hurt himself, cracking a bone in a finger towards the end of the tour.

Another injury came last season when he repeated the Australian trouble, a broken bone in the thumb. Even so he made 1,503 runs and finished top of the first-class averages with 55.66.

Subba Row obtained his first Test chance against New Zealand at Manchester in 1958. He scored only nine and did not get another call until the fifth Test against India at The Oval the following year. Then, pressed into service as an opening batsman, he made 94. In West Indies in 1959-60 he again had to wait for his chance but, brought in for the fourth Test at Georgetown, he hit 100 in the second innings. This was made with a cracked finger and came at a badly needed time for England.


Although he played two seasons for Surrey, he blossomed after moving to Northamptonshire and won the first of his 13 Test caps in 1958, making a hundred in his first Test overseas and then scoring centuries in the first and last Ashes Tests in 1961. His retirement at the end of that summer (after which he was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year)

Last season, against South Africa, he was a recognised member of the side, but again he had to change his batting order in the interests of the team. After scoring 56 and 32 at number four in the first Test he was asked to open the innings because of injury to Pullar. He replied with a 90 at Lord's. Because of injury he missed the final game.

So far, in eight Tests, he has averaged almost 47 which has been a most effective reply to anyone doubting his Test class. Also his courage in the face of injury and the way he has fought his way into the Test side despite a certain amount of opposition has been proved. So, too, has his team spirit, for at no time has he batted regularly in his normal position.

Subba Row believes in suiting his style to the demands of the game and to playing it to the best of his ability. At first he scored a large proportion of his runs with deflections and he favoured the leg-side. That is still the case, but recently he has developed more off-side strokes and he is particularly clever at pushing singles just clear of the in-field. His judgment of a run is first-class.

At Surrey, with Laker and Lock supreme, Subba Row had few chances to develop his slow bowling and nowadays he goes on only rarely with high-flighted leg-breaks and googlies which can still break a stubborn stand. As a fieldsman he prefers being close to the bat, usually in the slips or gulley, but he is equally good in the deep.


Subba Row feels that his tour of India with the Commonwealth side helped his career considerably for he learned to play on other types of pitches and under different conditions. His most miserable period was in Australia watching everything go wrong but because of injury being unable to do anything to help.

Subba Row enjoys captaincy because he likes to be in the game at all times and among his most pleasant memories are leading Northamptonshire to victories over the South Africans and Yorkshire, the Champions, last season.

A charming, quiet personality, liked by everyone with whom he comes into contact, Subba Row behaves perfectly on and off the field and he always looks to be trying to do his best. In fact he is a real credit to the game of cricket.

2 Kamma MPs are Richest in the present Loksabha

The richest MP in the present Lok Sabha is Nama Nageswar Rao (Chairman and MD Madhucon Projects) of Telugdesham Party from Khammam seat in Andhra Pradesh. The worth of assets declared by him is about Rs173 crore. The third richest MP is Lagadapati Rajagopal (Lanco group) of Congress from Vijayawada with assets worth Rs122 crore.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Mohandas Narla elected for the Executive Comittee of The American Society of Hematology

WASHINGTON, November 19 - The American Society ofHematology, the world's largest professional society of blood specialists, welcomes five new officers to its Executive Committee, the governing body ofthe organization. The officers will begin serving their terms in January 2010.

Mohandas Narla, Vice President for Research, New York Blood Center, is the Directorof the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and heads the Laboratory of RedCell Physiology at New York Blood Center. His primary research focus is thestudy of the structural organization of blood cell membranes in health anddisease and on regulation of blood cell production.

3 Kammas in Forbes India's 75 richest list

Rank: 34
Lagadapati Madhusudhana Rao (43) Net Worth $ 1,670
Net Worth: $1.67 billion Age: 43 Marital Status: Married Hometown: Hyderabad
U.S.-trained engineer, chairs Lanco, infrastructure group with interests in power, construction and property development. Family fortune based on two-thirds stake in flagship Lanco Infratech. Currently has nearly 8,000 megawatts of power projects under implementation and an order backlog of $3 billion in construction business. Is developing Lanco Hills, a 100-acre township in Hyderabad that is awaiting approval for a 121-story tower, billed as country's tallest. In June, group shifted corporate headquarters from Hyderabad to Delhi. Older brother L. Rajagopal reelected member of parliament in May.


Rank: 59
Divi Murali (58) Net Worth $910
Net Worth: $910 million Age: 58 Marital Status: Married, 2 children Hometown: Hyderabad
U.S.-trained scientist and one-time partner of pharma tycoon K. Anji Reddy (No. 64), he started Divis Laboratories in 1990 as a drug research firm. Company now makes generics and does custom manufacturing for big pharma companies. Also produces nutraceuticals that are used in food products and animal feed. Company derives 90% of its revenues from exports, mainly to the U.S. and Europe where sales have slowed. Spends weekends at his organic farm near Hyderabad where he lives.


Rank: 74
B.G.Raghupathy (56) Net Worth $710

Net Worth: $710 million Age: 56 Marital Status: Married, 4 children. Hometown: Chennai
Former marketing executive, he struck out on his own in 1985 as a subcontractor for state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals, India's largest maker of power equipment. Partnered with Germany's GEA Energietechnik to manufacture equipment used in thermal and nuclear power plants. After GEA itself got acquired, he fought to retain control and bought out the German partner in 1993. Rechristened company as BGR Energy Systems and scaled up operations. In 2007, won contract for a gas processing plant in Iraq. Last year took company public, raising $94 million. Has forged link with China's Dong Fang, a power equipment maker, to jointly build for contracts. Recently hired the former chairman of state-owned thermal power producer NTPC, to help him run BGR.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fortify Acquires UCA Services, Inc. to Extend its Managed Services Offerings

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 18 -- Fortify Infrastructure Services, (Fortify) ( Rajkumar Velagapudi, President & CEO) a leading provider of IT services, announced its acquisition of New Jersey-based UCA Services, Inc., (UCA), a Managed Services provider offering Data Center and System Management Services. In acquiring UCA, Fortify strengthens its capabilities and expertise in its fast-growing IT Infrastructure Services practice.

Founded in 2003, UCA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NetFabrics Holdings, Inc., with offices in Parsippany, New Jersey and St. Louis, Missouri providing value-add services to Fortune 500 customers all around the United States. With more than 80% repeat customers, UCA brings a strong installed base of dedicated customers and partners in areas such as infrastructure managed services, data center operations, server and desktop management services, and help desk operations.

To Fortify, this acquisition is a great addition of expertise in providing end-to-end infrastructure services to customers in Financial Services, Life Sciences, Health Care and Hospitality sectors. "This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to continue to build on the success of Fortify's fast-growing IT Infrastructure Services practice by expanding the depth of services we can provide to our customers," said Rajkumar Velagapudi, President & Chief Executive Officer of Fortify.

About Fortify
Fortify is a leading provider of IT services. Focused on delivering strategic information technology solutions that address the complex business needs of its clients, Fortify uses its own on-site/offshore outsourcing model to provide infrastructure services; application services, and business process outsourcing. Find additional information about Fortify
at www.FortifyIS.com.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bharat Biotech inks pact with Orissa govt to set up Rs 100 cr ‘Konark Knowledge Park’

Bhubaneswar: A knowledge park is coming up here at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore. This is the first public private partnership integrated industrial park by Government of Orissa and Bharat Biotech International [BBI] (Dr.Krishna Ella Chairman and MD).

Work at the 100 crore ‘Konark Knowledge Park’ at Mouza-Andharua near the state capital here began today with the ground breaking ceremony held here on Sunday. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presided over the function and planted a sapling and unveiled details of the park named as Konark Knowledge Park.

The project aims to boost investments in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals in the state of Orissa. When completed, this infrastructure will create world-class, state-of-the-art research and development enterprises in an exceptional environment designed to foster novel approaches to healthcare and its delivery.

The state government has allocated 64.86 acres of land (30 acres in Phase I and 24.86 acres in phase II) including 10 acres of land for development of Biotech Incubation Centre through a Special Purpose Vehicle [SPV] for development of an integrated industrial park to attract and promote biotechnology, pharmaceutical and information technology industries here. The land for park has been allocated in the form of a long term lease to the SPV named Konark Knowledge Park Pvt. Ltd.

The SPV will execute the Lease cum Development Agreement with Orissa Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO). The project is expected to be completed over a period of 8 years.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Patnaik said his government is keen to develop Mouza-Andharua, as a major Biotech, IT and Pharma hub in the state. “This PPP project demonstrates my government’s vision to successfully collaborate with the private sector to not only create world class infrastructure but also create new avenues for jobs and increase investment in our local economy”, he remarked.

BBI chairman Dr. Krishna Ella asserted that the park would accelerate the growth of entrepreneurship in the area of Biotech, Pharma and IT and help nurture local talent in the areas scientific in addition to technology based research and development. “This is a symbolic and a great moment as we start the construction of the Konark Knowledge Park”, he said.

Orissa Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) will provide all external infrastructure facilities, such as four-way lane roads to the gate, uninterrupted water supply, uninterrupted power with 33KVA sub-station, sewage etc to facilitate rapid development of internal infrastructure.

BBI has successfully developed an integrated Agri-Biotech Park in Bangalore and establishment of Genome Valley BioPharmaceutical cluster located in the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Madhu Koneru: Young NRI Entrepreneur

 Madhu Koneru
Group CEO: MEC Holdings (Singapore and Indonesia)
Executive Director: Trimex International FZE (Dubai)
Managing Director: RAK Minerals and Metals investments (RMMI - Dubai)
Director: Padaeng Industries PLC (Thailand)
Director: Al-Ghanem Trading and Contracting Co Ltd., (Jordan)
Director: TJ Shipping and Logistics (Dubai)

Under Madhu Koneru’s strategic guidance, MEC Holdings, an affiliate of Trimex Group, a global minerals and metals conglomerate, has established a unique framework of companies to bring to fruition their vision for Indonesia, and subsequently other countries in the region such as China and India. MEC Holdings includes MEC Coal, MEC Infrastructure, MEC Agriculture, and the MEC Foundation.
As the Group CEO of MEC Holdings, Madhu Koneru, 34, leads pioneering investments in the future of Indonesia. With the country’s abundant resources and strategic location it will play a key role in supplying the world’s energy needs whilst at the same time providing sustainable growth opportunities for its people.
MEC Coal a JV with Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Government invests in and manages large-scale coal projects in Indonesia. MEC Coal is developing one of the largest green field coal mines in Asia, located in East Kalimantan Province of Indonesia. MEC Coal has also tied up with NALCO for setting up a 1400 mw captive power plant and aluminium smelter.

From mines to market has been the vision at MEC Infrastructure, a JV with RAK Government. The company has obtained Indonesia’s first private railway license to develop a 130 kilometre integrated freight corridor from the mine site in Muara Wahau to the port in Bengalon. Integration with the rest of the group ensures reliable supply of coal to customers in a cost efficient manner without interruptions. MEC Infrastructure has obtained a port license to develop suitable facilities for the export of coal and import of varying raw materials in Bengalon, East Kalimantan Province of Indonesia. The port will be the region’s first fully integrated facility to load vessels using an automated conveying system. Port development is concurrent with the development of mines and the railway project.

Completing the suite of companies is MEC Agriculture which aims to utilise the by-product of coal mining to create a healthy agricultural framework, developing local land and providing local jobs.

Supporting the developments taking place in Indonesia, the MEC Foundation is being set up to enhance the lives, living standards and education of local communities throughout Indonesia.
Prior to establishing MEC Holdings, Koneru played an important role in growing the Trimex Group. His intrinsic involvement in the company’s core business activities has seen RAK Minerals and Metals Investments (RMMI), a Trimex joint venture, evolve into a trans-global $2 billion conglomerate, expanding into Africa, Europe, India and the Middle East. As Trimex’s Executive Director, his entrepreneurialism and assertive leadership were instrumental in developing the strategic partnerships and cogent blueprint that ultimately led to MEC’s launch.
Koneru is a member of the Board of Directors in Trimex Group, RMMI, Padaeng Industries PLC , a zinc mining and Smelter Company that owns the only zinc smelter plant in Southeast Asia, Al Ghanem Industrial Company Kuwait and TJ Shipping and Logistics.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bhaskara Rao Jasti, AAPS Fellow 2009

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is pleased to announce its 2009 AAPS Fellows. An individual is granted the honor of being named AAPS Fellow after making sustained remarkable scholarly and research contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences such as original articles, scientific presentations at AAPS Annual Meetings, and/or patents.

Bhaskara Rao Jasti, Ph.D. is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, at University of the Pacific. His lab is studying the influence of ionic species, predictive models in oral mucosal drug delivery, and he is designing micelles with cell adhesion receptors (integrin ligands) for the targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic agents. He is a founding member and has served as Chair of the AAPS Bay Area Discussion Group, and has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and co-edited two books.

Surya Yalamanchili runs for Congress in Cincinnati

November 10, 2009: A former reality TV contestant is looking to spice up Cincinnati-area politics by mounting an independent congressional campaign for a seat currently held by Republican Jean Schmidt.

Surya Yalamanchili, 28, a contestant on the 2007 edition of Donald Trump’s "The Apprentice," calls being on the show "a lot like politics."

"These shows are all about posturing and playing gotcha and backstabbing and being incredibly opportunistic to get what you want," says Yalamanchili. "If that doesn’t describe the modus operandi of the Republican and Democratic parties in Washington, I don’t know what does."

Yalamanchili, who filed a declaration of candidacy last month with the Federal Election Commission, says he’s seeking office as an independent because he can’t stand the constant bickering between the two parties.


"I believe the average American can win a congressional district as an independent, if they are willing to talk to voters," he says. "At no other point has there been such dissatisfaction and anger with what is going on in Washington and how little our elected officials are representing their constituents’ views."

Yalamanchili grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Cincinnati after graduating from college to work as a brand manager for Proctor & Gamble’s "Olay" lotion franchise. After his stint on Trump’s show, Yalamanchili worked for a number of Internet social media companies, including LinkedIn.

There’s already a crowd vying for the seat Yalamanchili wants. Schmidt is seeking re-election. She’s being challenged in the GOP primary by Warren County Commissioner C. Michael Kilburn.
The Democratic field includes
David Krikorian, who sought the office last year as an independent, and state Rep. Todd Book.

Yalamanchili believes his background in brand management and social media will serve him well on the campaign trail, and the last two syllables of his name will also be a hit in chili crazy Cincinnati. His campaign website is: www.votechili.com.

For the record, Yalamanchili says his preferred Skyline Chili order is a 5-Way inverted, with the cheese on the bottom so it melts.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Dr.Koneru Prasad's HEAL Cycle India 2010 Charity Bike Ride

Wakefield, West Yorkshire October 30, 2009 -- Preparations for the second charity bike ride in aid of the charity Heal are well under way. A group of adventurous people from the UK and the USA will be flying into Bangalore on New Years Day and will be met by a group of Heal supporters from India.

The 190 mile bike ride will raise around £100,000 for the charity which supports orphaned and underprivileged children in Andhra Pradesh.
Heal was started in 1992 by Dr Koneru Prasad, a doctor from Peterborough, UK who donated his family home in Guntur, India to the fledgling charity. Now Heal provides education and healthcare for over 1,000 children in Andhra Pradesh, and has ambitious plans to extend its reach to 15,000 children by 2015.

Matthew Glover, the UK organiser of
Cycle India explained, "All the cyclists taking part are currently working hard, both training for the event and fundraising for the charity. The reward for all this effort is cycling through the beautiful scenery of the Coorg, and afterwards visiting the Heal Childrens Village in Guntur to meet the kids".

At present there are 22 people from the UK, and 11 people from the USA taking part. With those joining Heal from India there should be around 40 people cycling for this worthwhile cause. There are still a few places left for Cycle India 2010, should anybody be interested in taking part in this life changing event.

All funds raised will go towards building a new residential school for children from deprived backgrounds in Vijayawada, the birthplace of Heal's founder Dr Prasad. The school will be Heal's most ambitious project to date, with the intention of creating a happy and safe learning environment for over 1000 children. Heal currently supports projects in Guntur, Vijayawada and Bhadrachalam but is looking to develop many more projects over the coming years.

Now in its 17th year, HEAL - a UK registered charity - is committed to providing shelter, support, education and healthcare for needy children. As a small charity they are committed to ensuring that donations are not wasted on administrative costs, such as advertising and salaries. They achieve this because they have no administrative office and no paid administrative staff.

Heal UK is the fundraising arm of the charity, but the real hard work is undertaken by the trustees and staff of Heal India where all our good work is undertaken. We have also recently added Heal USA as a further fundraising arm of the organisation.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lingaya's University - Faridabad (Named after Late.Sri Gadde Lingayya)

The Lingaya’s University- the name of this University is kept on a great writer and freedom fighter “Late Shri Lingayya Gadde”. After the Independence of India Late Shri Lingaya Gadde dedicated his rest life in the sake and upliftment of the Society.

He wrote a number of books on social grounds. He translated many novels of Sarat Chandra in Telegu, his mother tongue. The University setup in a Haryana’s rural area.

The erstwhile Institute has been now declared as Deemed-to-be University in the name & style of Lingaya’s University under Section 3 of UGC Act. 1956 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India vide Notification No. F.9-23/2005-U.3 dated 5-1-2009.

The University is located within the Municipal Limits of Faridabad at Nachauli on Old Faridabad – Jasana Road. It has a sprawling campus situated in green pastures and pollution free sylvan surroundings. Academic blocks, Air-conditioned Library, Workshops, Laboratories, Auditorium, Student Activity Centre, Play Grounds, Gymnasium, Hostels etc., are spread over 26.5 acres of land having total built up area of more than one million sq.ft.

The University offers various undergraduates and post graduate courses in Engineering, Technology, Management and Computer Applications and has state-of-the-art laboratories, a well stocked library and one of the best computing facilities.

Chairman & Chancellor: Gadde V Sinha
Secretary: Gadde Picheswar

Campus : Nachauli, Jasana Road,Faridabad-121002Tel : 0129-2201008/9 Fax : 0129- 2202615

Head Office :Lingaya's House, C-72, 2nd Floor, Shivalik, Malviya Nagar,New Delhi-110017 Ph:+91-11-40719000-99Fax No.-40719023

website: http://www.lingayasgroup.com/
website: www.lingayasuniversity.edu.in

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

SevenHills Healthcare plans to set up health cities pan-India

Mumbai: Hyderabad-based SevenHills Healthcare Pvt Ltd has plans to set up 'health-cities' across the country over the next couple of years, a top company official said.

"We have plans to set up health cities across metros and other cities," SevenHills Healthcare's Chairman and Managing Director, Jitendra Das Maganti, told PTI here.

SevenHills is coming up with one of Asia's largest 1,500-bed private hospital in India's financial capital at an investment of Rs1,000 crore. The first phase of the hospital is expected to commence operations from next month.

The hospital, with a 300-bed critical care unit and 36 modular operation theatres, which are much larger compared to even public sector hospitals, is the first of its kind in Mumbai.
A health-city is an integrated centre for clinical and wellness services, medical education and research.


The proposal is, however, on the drawing boards, he said, adding, "We dont want to do things in a hurry - we want to make our presence felt on the country's healthcare map, but gradually."
Locations, where these centres are to be set up, are also being explored, Maganti said.


"There is an immense potential for such healthcare centres. Mumbai itself needs 7-10 hospitals of such magnitude, he said.


Being set up under the public-private partnership, the company's upcoming hospital in Mumbai has a built-up area of two million sq ft and 16 blocks divided into 11 levels.

"The BMC has leased out 17 acres of land for 60 years for this project. As a part of the agreement, 20% of the hospital's total bed-capacity (300 rooms) will be reserved for the treatment of the BMC's staff," Maganti said.

"Our concept of making a hospital is entirely different. We intend to create an affordable hospital at every place," he said, adding the business model was based on volumes, which would reduce the treatment cost by upto 25% compared to other privately-managed big hospitals in the city.

The funds have been raised through 50% private capital and remaining loans from a consortium of banks, he said, adding, "We have already completed two financial closures."


In addition, the hospital also has the provision for a helipad as well as a car parking slot, which could accomodate up to 1,500 cars at a time.

"We have planned a helipad, both on the rooftop and also one on the ground. We have applied to the directorate general of Civil Aviation for regulatory approvals," Hospital Services Development vice president, Sanjay Sharma, said.

Friday, October 23, 2009

7 Seas Technologies partners with Intel to reach out to the customers

HYDERABAD: 7Seas Technologies, (Lingamaneni Maruthi Sankar Managing Director) the IP-based game development company has partnered with Intel Business Exchange (Intel BX) to help discover solutions featuring Intel technology on its business exchange programme to reach out to gaming customers.

As per the agreement, 7Seas' multi genre PC racing game 'Kraze' will be made available on Intel BX.

Said 7Seas Technologies MD Maruti Sanker, "This agreement is important for our strategic entry into India for the growth of our online sales. The Intel BX brings together best-of-breed products built on Intel technology to create a convenient and vetted one-stop shopping experience for SMB customers."

The tie up enables customers to evaluate and purchase the PC racing game 'Kraze' for playing on Intel processor based PCs that will be available to consumers online as well as offline.


"The Indian gaming market is yet to be fully tapped and there is enough scope for technology players to bring exciting offerings into the market. Making 'Kraze' available on the Intel BX will make it convenient for customers to test and buy the game online in a convenient manner," said Intel Software and Services group Asia Pacific director Narendra Bhandari.

In 'Kraze' players compete for the 'Kraze Championship' including various racing modes like off-road, rally, formula one and street race.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mandava Divija bags ITF title

HYDERABAD: Mandava Divija of Hyderabad won the girls singles title in an ITF tennis tournament in Sri Lanka on Friday, according to reports received here on Sunday.

She defeated Roshenka Fernando of Sri Lanka 6-2, 6-1 in the first round, then Namitcha of Thailand 6-0, 6-1 in the second round, Tarvanam Honda of Indonesia 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Chinkischa of Thailand 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals before getting the better of Amrutha Muthaiah of Sri Lanka 6-1, 6-3 in the final.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Edison Of India – G.D.Naidu – Great Inventor

G. D. Naidu (Gopalswamy Doraiswamy Naidu) who is sometimes referred as the “Edison of India.His contribution spans the fields of electrical, mechanical, agricultural (Hybrid cultivation) and automobile engineering . Mostly at an Industrial level than the Academia.

If there is one name that best symbolises Coimbatore’s spirit of entrepreneurship, it is that of G D Naidu. Born on March 23rd, 1893, in Kalangal near Coimbatore, this school dropout began his Transport business in 1920, with the purchase of a passenger auto-coach, which he himself drove for the service between Pollachi and Palani. In a matter of a few years, his United Motor Service (UMS) owned the most efficient fleet of public transport vehicles in the country. In 1937, the first motor to be produced in India, was brought out at G D Naidu’s UMS factory.

As an inventor, G D Naidu was one-of-a-kind in the country. He invented an Electric Razor – Rasant, that gave users far more shaves than other existing options in the international market. Among his other inventions were the super-thin shaving blades, a distance adjuster for film cameras, a special fruit juice extractor, a tamper-proof vote-recording machine and a kerosene-run fan. In 1941, he announced that he had the ability to manufacture five-valve Radio sets in India at a mere Rs 70/- a set. In 1952, his brainchild – the indigenously built Petrol engine two-seater Car (costing a mere Rs 2,000/-) rolled out. But production was stopped subsequently, because of the Government’s refusal to grant the necessary license. His inventiveness was not confined to machinery alone. He is said to have grown ten feet high Cotton plants, millet plants with high yields and several injections for plants that made possible what Sir C V Raman called “Botanic marvels”.

On his trips abroad, Naidu always seemed to draw appreciation for his innovations and his personal drive. In 1935, he personally filmed the funeral of King George V at London. In 1936, he met Adolf Hitler in Germany (even taking Still Photographs of the Fuhrer)[citation needed]. Among the Indian stalwarts that GD Naidu’s camera captured were Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru and Subash Chandra Bose. GD Naidu remained an outsider to Politics, despite having contested and lost in the 1936 Provincial General Elections.

In 1944, Naidu retired from active involvement with his automobile combine and announced several philanthropic measures including grants for Research scholarships and welfare schemes for his employees and the depressed sections of society. Through Naidu’s efforts and his donations the Arthur Hope Polytechnic and the Arthur Hope College of Engineering were set up. In 1967, the G D Naidu Industrial Exhibition, conceptualised, designed and built by the great man himself, was established.

With his demise on the 4th of January, 1974, Coimbatore lost its greatest ambassador to the world. There have been several tributes paid to this legend, but none seems as apt as that by Sir C V Raman: “A great educator, an entrepreneur in many fields of engineering and industry, a warm-hearted man filled with love for his fellows and a desire to help them in their troubles, Mr Naidu is truly a man in a million – perhaps this is an understatement!”.

He is credited in manufacturing the first electric motor in India. An Industrial Exhibition in Coimbatore is held in his name. He started the first Engineering college at Coimbatore (now known as Government College of Technology). He provided employment in engineering and manufacturing sector to many individuals in fifties and sixties (early for a home grown entreprenuer in India). He was considered as a visionary in Coimbatore and rest of Tamil Nadu as well.