Friday, July 31, 2009

2008 Woomer Award Winner, Murali Gadde

2008 Woomer Award Winner, Murali Mohan Gadde
Murali M. Gadde is a senior engineer with Peabody Energy located in Saint Louis, MO. As the lead ground control specialist, Murali assists Peabody surface and underground operations with any type of ground control issue. Mr. Gadde has worked on a total of over 150 projects, which included several major research topics. Mr. Gadde has done extensive research on coal mine explosions and mine seal designs and made several original contributions. He has also made several important contributions to ground control research on topics like in-situ stresses, cutter roof failures, rock failure criteria, support design, weak floor stability and several others. So far,
he has published 21 technical papers in international journals, conference proceedings and workshops, and
was recently awarded SME’s 2008 Woomer Award given to young professionals for “significant contributions to the advancement of coal mining.”

Thursday, July 30, 2009

2008 NC Tennis Annual Award winners: Anudeep Kodali, Aneesh Kodali

1) 2008 NC Tennis Annual Award
Hal Southern Junior Male Tennis Sportsmanship Award ~ 12s
Anudeep Kodali (US National Junior boys 12s rank : 30)

2) North Carolina Community Development Award
Educational Merit Award Given by Buster & Karen Brown:
Aneesh Kodali

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Veteran Hindi film actress Leela Naidu dies

MUMBAI: Leela Naidu, (Her father was the well known nuclear physicist Pattipati Ramaiah Naidu from Chittor District Andhra Pradesh while her mother was of Irish / French origin) was crowned Miss India in 1954, once listed by Vogue as one of the 10 most beautiful women in the world, passed away at her Colaba residence on Tuesday night.

She was 69. A close family friend of the actress told that Naidu was down with fever for some days. "Last night, one of her domestic staff gave her porridge,'' he said. "She had a few spoons, after which she went to sleep. A little later, one of her paying guests who came to check on her found her dead.'' The funeral at Chandanwadi was attended by her daughter, grandson and friends.

Film publicist Piroj Wadia, who knew Naidu for nearly nine years, said the actress had descended into loneliness after her second husband, the late litterateur Dom Moraes, left her. "People too abandoned her after that,'' she said. "But although she was almost a recluse, she was completely clued in to events around her.

After the 26/11 attack, she didn't celebrate any festival or event for the rest of the year. She said she didn't feel like doing anything.'' Naidu's entry into films was serendipitous. Director Hrishikesh Mukherji chanced upon her pictures taken by Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and declared that he had found his Anuradha, the protagonist of his eponymous 1960 film.

Naidu played a woman who has to sacrifice her musical talent when life with her doctor husband (Balraj Sahni) takes her to a village. The film came a cropper at the box-office but went on win the national award for the best film and a nomination for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1961.

Leela Naidu was first married to Bikki Oberoi, the son of Mohan Singh Oberoi -- the founder of Oberoi Hotels. Later she divorced Oberoi and married poet Dom Moraes

Monday, July 27, 2009

Justice Amareswari passes away

HYDERABAD: Justice Konamaneni Amareswari (71), the first woman judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, who has been practising as a Supreme Court advocate for last 13 years since retirement, died in New Delhi on Saturday afternoon. She is survived by a son and a daughter. The former judge was born on July 10, 1928 at Appikatla village, Bapatla mandal, Guntur district.

She obtained her M.A. Degree in Politics and History from Andhra University in 1949 and took her B.L., Degree also from the same University. Was a member of Bar Council during 1960-61. Was the Vice-President of the Indian Federation of Women Layers, (Andhra Pradesh) Branch. Was the Vice-President of A.P. High Court Advocates’ Association during 1975-76. Appointed as permanent Judge on 29-4-1978 for A.P High court.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Narain Karthikeyan gets the Arjuna snub again.

NEW DELHI: Out of all the names received by the Arjuna Awards selection panel, there was one that should've caught the attention of the men and women deciding the list of national sporting honour, but unfortunately did not.

For a man who has many firsts to his name, Kakarla Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan has surprisingly once again missed the Arjuna bus. Karthikeyan's resume is as impressive as they come. He is only Indian to have driven in Formula One, to win races in A1GP, Formula Three and to have participated in the popular Le Mans series.

In earlier years, the factionalism within the Indian motorsports community was the main reason why motorsports was never given priority. But that obstacle is no longer the reason.

The Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI) is recognized as India's official ASN by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and also by the Indian government. Moreover, FMSCI has been affiliated to the International Olympic Association (IOA) since 2005.

This year, FMSCI sent three names - Karthikeyan, GP2 driver Karun Chandhok and biker Dilip Roggers - but according to sources on the panel, these names did not even come up for discussion.

"We did what was required of us. We sent the dockets with all the information that was needed, though Narain's list of achievements was received a couple of days late. It was upto the panel to recommend the names. I think the profile and image of the sport works against it. It's not an Olympic sport and it's not cricket. I can only hope that the government takes our sport seriously in the future," told Rajan Syal, chief executive, FMSCI.

Karthikeyan, who is training in Austria currently to set his dislocated shoulder right, was rightly disappointed and at a loss to explain the miss. "A lot of people think that I've already got the award but it's just disappointing to not get it this year again. Getting a national award, the recognition from your own country, is so important for an athlete, for a sportsperson. I've been at the forefront of my sport for years. Hopefully, next year they will consider me worthy of the award," he said.

May be, next year sports minister MS Gill would like to set the wrong right.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Srinidhi Muppalla Win National USA Title

Eighth grader Srinidhi Muppalla was named Top Speaker in the Nation, at the 2009 USA Middle School National Debate Championship which was also a first for Howard County. He scored 149 out of a possible 150 points to win the title. Srinidhi Muppalla and Niran Lakhanpal team tied for third place in 2009 Middle School National Debate Championship.

Kamma MLA and MPs (Andhra Pradesh)

Kamma MLAs in AP Assembly:
1. Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu Vizag TDP
2. Pendurthi Venkatesh Rajanagaram TDP
3. Vegulla Jogeswara Rao Mandapeta TDP
4. Burugupalli Sesha Rao Nidadavolu TDP
5. Chintamaneni Prabhakar Denduluru TDP
6. Kodali Venkateswara Rao Gudivada TDP
7. Dasari Balavardhana Rao Gannavaram TDP
8. Yalamanchili Ravi Vijayawada PRP
9. Devineni Umamaeshwara Rao Mylavaram TDP
10. Nadendla Manohar Tenali CONG
11. Dhulipala Narendra Ponnuru TDP
12. Kommalapati Sridhar Pedakurapadu TDP
13. Pattipati Pulla Rao Chilakaluripet TDP
14. Yaraparineni Srinivasa Rao Gurajala TDP
15. Gonuguntla VSR Anjaneyulu Vinukonda TDP
16. Gottipati Ravi Kumar Addanki CONG
17. Daggubati Venkateswara Rao Parchur
18. Kurugundla Ramakrishna Venkatagiri TDP
19. Galla Aruna Kumari Chandragiri CONG
20. Nara Chandrababau Naidu Kuppam TDP
21. Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu Nagari TDP
22. Payyavula Kesav Uravakonda TDP
23. Paritala Sunitha Raptadu TDP
24. Konka Meenakshi Naidu Adoni TDP

25. Kunamneni Sambasiva Rao Kottagudem CPI
26. Tummala Nageswara Rao Khammam TDP
27. Mandava Venkateswara Rao Nizamabad TDP
28. Nagabhairava Jayaprakash Narayana Kukatpalli Loksatta

Kamma MPs in Loksabha:
1. Nama Nageswara Rao Khammam TDP
2. Daggubati Purandeswari Vizag CONG
3. Kavuri Sambasiva Rao Eluru CONG
4. Lagadapati Rajagopal Vijayawada CONG
5. Rayapati Sambasiva Rao Guntur

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Aliens Group commended as one of the Top 3 Residential Developer in Asia by Cityscape Asia 2009

Aliens Space Station 1 ( Hari Challa Managing Director) has been commended as one of the top 3 projects in the Best Residential Development- Future category in Cityscape Asia2009. Cityscape Asia is an international real estate investment and development event which presents the prestigious Cityscape Awards for Real Estate in Asia to celebrate excellence in the Asian Real Estate Industry.

The Award recognizes and rewards ventures that have shown outstanding performance in key market and project areas, displayed innovative approach to strategy, and-set world-class standards of design, safety, security, energy efficiency, leisure provision and other services.

Befitting the one of the world’s largest B2B real estate brand, the Cityscape Awards has attracted the attention of leading international architects, as well as developers, consultants, governmental authorities, investors and senior industry professionals.

Aliens Space Station 1, the project which has been highly commended in the Best Residential Development-Future category in Asia, is the first Green Township in Andhra Pradesh. The project aims to provide an integrated township with comfort, safety and convenience through advanced home automation and biometric access.

This may look like luxury today, yet it is actually going to be a great asset in the future. Technology at Space Station 1 allows you all the comfort & security while giving you more time with your family. The construction of this 30 floored residential township is in full swing and expected to complete by 2011.

To make this happen, Aliens Group partnered with international consultants to provide a world class experience in architecture, design and amenities. It has pooled the expertise of renowned names like Sparch, London, Meinhardt Infrastructure Pte, Singapore, Duffil Watts, New Zealand and Peridian International, Singapore to create a residential landmark in Hyderabad.

Since its inception Aliens Group has rapidly progressed to become one of the leading real estate developers of Hyderabad. The award speaks of immense encouragement and commendation for the flagship venture of the Group.

“The Group believes in delivering ‘intelligent living’ alternatives to consumers. We develop projects which are intelligent; be it the strategic location, futuristic design, home automation features, or the world class amenities.” says a proud Hari Challa, MD Aliens Group.

About Aliens group:
Aliens Group is a construction and infrastructure company headquartered in Hitech City, Hyderabad. Aliens group consists of Aliens Developers, Aliens Infratech and Aliens Infra. The company was founded by the visionary brother duo - Hari Challa and Venkat Challa and is committed to revolutionize the urban landscape of Modern India. Today, Aliens group is executing projects worth INR 5000 crores with an unparalleled growth rate of 300% in the year 2007-08. Since inception in 2004 the company has grown to a 500+ strong organization. The group is steadfastly becoming one of the prime players in Hyderabad’s real estate market, with a land bank of over 800 acres and mega projects in prime zones.

They are Young, They Dream Big. In a short span of four years, Aliens Group is amongst the Top Real Estate Players in Hyderabad, given the price value they command and the brand enrichment they enjoy. Such impetus of growth and progress drives them towards the vision of becoming the Top 5 Infrastructure Companies of India by 2015.

Pixily Document Management Service Company Honored as 2009 AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner

WALTHAM, MA -- Pixily, an online document management service (Prasad Thammineni - CEO) for small businesses, has been selected as a finalist in the 2009 AlwaysOn Global 250 Competition in the Cloud Computing and Infrastructure category. The AlwaysOn Global 250 represents the best in emerging technologies and innovations. Companies are nominated by a panel of industry experts in the online technology, media, entertainment and other fields. This year's competition placed special emphasis on companies upon which new industries, jobs and economies will be built.

"We are honored to be included among the AO Global 250 this year," said Prasad Thammineni, Pixily CEO. "The other finalists in this competition are really pushing the boundaries of what is possible using the power of cloud computing. We adopted Amazon's cloud back when it was in beta, and have been using it ever since to provide document scanning services, online document management, and full-text search capabilities for our clients' paper. The power of the cloud is enabling us to create solutions for people's paper that would have been impossible a decade ago."

Small businesses and consumers now use Pixily to manage their paper and digital documents online in Pixily's secure document management portal. Customers send their paper documents to Pixily in pre-paid boxes and scanvelopes(TM), and Pixily scans the paper, makes it fully text searchable, converts it to PDFs and stores the paper in a secure online document management portal that customers use to find, organize, share and download their paper and digital files.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dr Rao Jasti Leads the Way in Stem Cell Research

PEORIA -- It's cutting edge research that holds promise for treating and curing diseases.

The University of illinois School of Medicine in Peoria is a leader in stem cell research. The lead investigator, Dr. Jasti Rao, has brought in some $16 million of grant funding. His work on cancer research has a local impact, but it's also being recognized around the world.

Solar Semi setting up solar cell plant at Fab City

Solar Semiconductor, (Hari Surapaneni Chiarman and MD) a Hyderabad-based manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) modules, is setting up a solar cell plant at its Fab City campus with an investment of about $100 million (about Rs 490 crore).

According to the company’s vice-president Ravi Surapaneni, the plant will have a capacity of 30 Mw initially and will be ramped up to 60 Mw subsequently. The solar cells manufactured here will be utilised by the company’s PV module-making plant at the Fab City.

At present, Solar Semiconductor has a photovoltaic module-making capacity of 200 Mw a year, including 130 Mw at the Fab City and 70 Mw at Kompally. Both the facilities are dedicated to the export markets in the US, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Solar Semiconductor is expecting the PV modules business to grow at around 30 per cent annually. At present, the international price for PV modules is about $3.5 per watt and the global market for PV products is estimated to be $30 billion, Surapaneni said.

Solar Semi is among the few companies that had started operations at the Fab City, originally a semiconductor cluster but now a PV module cluster. The company will later add thin-film technology for making PV cells. It is also setting up a reliability laboratory at its premises at a cost of $2 million (about Rs 9.8 crore) for testing new material to be used in solar cell making, which will be ready in about two months.

It's three cheers for Pullela Gopichand

NEW DELHI: Former badminton star Pullela Gopichand is going to be the most decorated Indian sportstar in terms of National awards after his name was recommended for Dronacharya award on Monday. Gopi has previously won the Arjuna award (1999), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2001) and the Padma Shree (2005). For a non-cricketer, it's a staggering achievement.

"As with most of the awards that I have won, the gravity has yet to sink in. What I have always tried is to win in the tournaments that I have played in. But I am very happy to have won. It's a big honour for me and winning the award bring more responsibility for me," Gopi said on the sidelines of the draw ceremony of the Badminton World Championships in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Having himself performed at the highest level during his playing days and now associated with a top-10 player, Gopi has kept his work ethic simple. "It has been God's grace and simple work. I kept doing what I felt was right and would go by the old idiom that hard work pays, but a little bit of luck sometimes helps," he added. Gopi looked pretty pleased with the form of his ward, Saina Nehwal, going into the World Championships.

"We are taking it step by step. Semifinal would be good target to have. Overall it's a good draw for her at the World Championships. It likely to get tougher from the pre-quarterfinals onwards. "Saina has been consistent and there are at least ten players who play at the same level. It's only about that day being yours," he added.

Gopi also praised India's mixed doubled pair of Jwala Gutta and Diju Vliyaveetil and said they could upset the world's best on their day. His pick for the men's championship was Chinese Lin Dan but warned that Indonesian Taufik Hidayat could spring a surprise.

Navayuga completes piling work at Al Reem Island projects

Work for ten residential cum commercial towers Establishes credentials as leading infrastructure support company Navayuga Engineering Company (NEC), (Chinta Visweswara Rao Chairman and Managing Director) the Abu Dhabi-based infrastructure development and construction company, has undertaken piling work for ten residential cum commercial towers for two projects within Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi.

In all, 1,496 deep piles were laid for the two projects, and were executed as per schedule, highlighting the project development expertise of the company. The infrastructure work was undertaken for the City of Lights and Pearl Bay mixed development in Al Reem Island, developed by Al Tamouh Investments. For City of Lights, NEC completed piling work for five towers of 35 to 54 floors and for Pearl Bay, the company undertook piling for another five towers of over 30 floors each. Presently the main Superstructure works have started by major Chinese and Korea controllers. “Infrastructure support projects are one of our core competencies,” said Mr Antony A. David, General Manager, NEC. “We have an established track-record of on-schedule completion of complex projects by leveraging our extensive expertise and large profile of modern machinery.

The piling work for City of Lights and Pearl Bay further highlights our credentials as a strong partner in infrastructure projects.” He said that the company is focusing on diversifying the project portfolio in the UAE and also expanding to other markets in the region. “We are on course to achieving our growth targets and are in the process of finalizing strong orders in various construction sectors.”

Already regarded as one of the top ten piling companies in the UAE, Navayuga attained the impressive growth in a very short span of time. “We mobilized a large fleet of equipment and have a team of over 500 professionals and skilled workers. The manpower and machinery resources give us an upper hand in undertaking complex projects,” said Mr David. NEC recently opened its branch office in Dubai to explore new growth opportunities across the UAE. The company has a strong track-record in India, where it is involved in the construction of ports, flyovers, elevated highways and other mammoth construction projects. NEC established its first overseas piling business branch in Qatar in 2006, and is currently involved in major projects in Qatar.

Mumbai's SevenHills hospital Asia's largest!

Mumbai: Asia’s largest private sector hospital, SevenHills Hospital, Mumbai, will start its first phase of operations in September. The Rs1,000 crore project is a public-private partnership between the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Hyderabad-based SevenHills Healthcare Pvt Ltd. As part of the agreement, 20% of the 1,500-bed capacity of the hospital will be reserved for patients who come through the BMC’s healthcare system, said Jitendra Das Maganti, chairman and managing director, SevenHills Healthcare.

Under the public-partnership initiative, BMC has leased out for 60 years a 17-acre plot for the hospital at Andheri near the Mumbai international airport. With a built-up area of 2 million sq. ft, the hospital has 16 blocks divided into 11 levels. The funding for the project comprises mostly private capital and term loans from banks.
A senior official from BMC, who didn’t want to be identified, said: “The corporation had received proposals from several private sector players including large domestic hospital chains for this hospital project but it had to reject many proposals as many of them didn’t actually follow the particular strategy of making a world-class hospital with generally affordable fee structure.”
Maganti, in an interview last week, said: “This hospital project has been conceptualized with an aim to serve all segments of society as well as patients looking for specialized treatments from across the country and abroad.”
The hospital will have at least 30 specialities, among them cardiac, renal, gastro and neuro sciences, diabetology, oncology, organ replacement and transplantation, IVF and assisted reproduction, stem cell transplant, and reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
Sanjay Sharma, vice-president, hospital services development, said the hospital would also have a helicopter evacuation facility for critically ill patients.
According to Maganti, the hospital will provide the same quality of treatment of a so-called five-star hospital at a lower price tag, a model he claimed will reform organized private sector healthcare in India.
“This new hospital project could be one of the landmarks in the healthcare capacity building process of the country,” said a corporate consultant to the healthcare sector, who didn’t want to be named because of his work with the industry. According to an early 2009 report from global consultanting form McKinsey and Co., India needs an additional investment of at least Rs1.4 trillion to meet the growing demands of healthcare services by 2015.
The hospital, with a 300-bed critical care unit and 36 modular operation theatres, which are much larger compared with even public sector hospitals, is the first of its kind in Mumbai.

SevenHills Healthcare started its first hospital in Visakhapatnam 25 years ago, and is currently in talks with other regional authorities in other states for similar public-private projects.