Saturday, March 27, 2010

Honeywell inducts Krishna Mikkilineni to executive management team

In recognition of the importance of India in its global business strategy, global technology and manufacturing giant Honeywell has inducted the president of Honeywell Technology Solutions, Krishna Mikkilineni, to the executive management team. In addition to his existing role, Mikkilineni will now be the senior VP, engineering and operations, directly reporting to the $32 billion-odd company’s Chairman and CEO Dave Cote, effective April 12.

In his new role and added responsibilities, Mikkilineni will be based at Bangalore and will be responsible for the company’s engineering and integrated supply chain organisations, including the Honeywell Operations Council and Technology Leadership Council.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Debutant Hero in Tamil: Sanjay Vellanki

It’s a dream come true for debutant Sanjay whose maiden venture Mundhinam Paartheney (MP) is receiving accolades from all quarters. Lady Luck seems to be shining bright on this Chennai boy Sanjay Vellanki who has come a long way from tossing vegetables in a five-star hotel kitchen to facing the arclights, where he has proved his mettle.

“I had a gut feeling that the movie would do well. Director Magizh Thirumeni has done a great job and I had high hopes for the film right from the start,” he begins.

Disclosing details about his role in the film, Sanjay says, “MP is a breezy feel-good entertainer in which I play a software professional. At one point, my character decides to get married and thus begins the hunt for the perfect woman. He comes across three pretty women. How his life changes after encounters with them and who he marries finally, forms the crux of the story.”

Getting into films was not a cakewalk for this youngster who had to undergo gruelling auditions to bag the role. “I was quite hefty before signing the film and the director wanted me to lose ten kilos in a month. I took it up as a challenge and did rigorous workouts for five hours every day. When I managed to shed the extra weight in the stipulated time, my director was impressed and gave me the green signal.”

Sanjay, who comes from a reputed acting school, says that it was during his stint in the kitchen that he realised that films were his passion. “I was a chef in one of the leading five star hotels in Mumbai. After a brief spell there, I realised that cinema was my calling. I must thank actor Jayam Ravi for being a great support. My brother Kumar assisted director M Raja in Jayam, M Kumaran and Unakkum Enakkum. When I expressed my desire to act in films, Jayam Ravi gave me a few acting tips.”

Not many actors have the luck of romancing three ladies in their very first film. Prod Sanjay about the experience and he blushes, “There is a notion that it’s difficult to work with three ladies at a time, but we had a blast on the sets.”

So, what does the future have in store for this actor with typical boy-next-door looks? “I might team up with the same director for my next venture. I want to do realistic films rather than commercial potboilers.”

Alabama’s Myneni nominated for McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship

BIRMINGHAM University of Alabama men’s tennis senior Saketh Myneni have been selected as Alabama’s nominees for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship which was announced by the Southeastern Conference office last Thursday. The scholarship, given annually to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes, has been presented since 1986.

Myneni, a native of Andhra Pradesh, India, currently holds a 3.79 grade point average and is majoring in finance and economics. He’s earned both President’s List and Dean’s List honors throughout his tenure at Alabama and is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Last season, Myneni was named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV At-Large Team and has thrice been selected as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete. In addition, he is a Commerce and Business Administration Scholar-Athlete at the Capstone and a Crimson Achievement Scholar.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Indian-American, Prasanna Yalamanchili, President of i3, Named to Fifty Powerful Women in Business List

Indian-American Prasanna Yalamanchili, president and chief executive officer of i3, has been named to the Minority Enterprise Executive Council's list of Fifty Powerful Women in Business.

Indian-American Prasanna Yalamanchili, president and chief executive officer of i3, has been named to the Minority Enterprise Executive Council's list of "Fifty Powerful Women in Business" for her work in information technology projects supporting the federal government.

Yalamanchili's selection for this award was based in part on a personal history of overcoming adversity to demonstrate her ability to succeed. Born in Hyderabad, India, she immigrated to the United States in 1991.

Yalamanchilli earned her business acumen through extensive experience with some of the most respected companies in the government support arena, including DynCorp, International, Grant Thornton, and Lightcom International, Inc. Her federal client list includes the Army, the Department of Agriculture, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Prior to i3, Yalamanchilli owned and managed an independent retail franchise. She supervised and trained employees for day to day operations, customer service, inventory control, and created marketing strategies. She sold this company in 2002.

"My entrepreneurial career gave me an enormous opportunity to make a difference in many people's lives, and I'm happy that the contributions my company has made have been recognized in this way," said Yalamanchili. "I'm certainly proud to have had a role in it, and it's truly an honor to receive this award."

The 2010 list, sponsored by the council's award-winning Minority Enterprise Advocate magazine, was based on the theme "Women Going the Distance." The Minority Enterprise Executive Council assists and promotes the interests of minority entrepreneurs by initiating, encouraging and promoting, in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies and officials and with organizations, public and private, the availability of information and service programs to advance the development

Friday, March 12, 2010

Anudeep Kodali wins US National Championship Tennis titles

Anudeep Kodali of Cary won the singles and doubles titles in the USTA 12-year-old Boys' National Championships last month at Cooper Creek Tennis Center in Columbus, Ga. Anudeep is ranked No. 10 in the nation. He trains at Cary Tennis Park.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

MEC enters Indian coal market

MEC Coal (Madhu Koneru, Executive Vice Chairman), a subsidiary of global mineral and metal conglomerate Trimex (Prasad Koneru, Chairman), that is developing Asia's largest green field mine in Indonesia, is now setting its sights on India.

Not only does MEC Coal want to secure long term supply linkages with Indian power firms, but it is also exploring other options.

Indonesian coal giant MEC Coal now is eyeing the big Indian coal market and is in talks with the country's leading power producers, Tata Power and Reliance Power for long term supply contracts.

The company is also exploring an option of signing an off take pact as per which it may swap ownership with a potential partner to set up coal-fired power plants here.

Madhu Koneru, executive vice chairman of MEC Holdings, said, "We are looking at supplying coal worth Rs 600-700 M $ per annum in the Indian markets. We are in final stages of negotiations and the due diligence process is currently on. We expect to finalise things in two months time."

Also, experts say that India is the next hot destination for coal exporters, as it begins to displace Europe, thanks to a demand of a whopping 400 to 500 million tonnes over next 10 years.

With limited coal reserves available in the domestic market and also with lot of government control over the sector, international players like MEC Coal see a huge opportunity to be tapped on one hand.

On the other, Power biggies like Tata and Reliance want to capitalize on such offers to make their own business models more profitable.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Justice Jasti Chelameswar to be Chief Justice of Kerala

Guwahati Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar is being posted as the Chief Justice of Kerala in place of Chief Justice S.R.Bannurmath who has retired from service.

The Supreme Court collegium has made the recommendation to the President in this regard.
Justice Jasti Chelameswar was born on June 23, 1953 at Pedda Muttevi, Movva Mandal in Krishna District at Andhra Pradesh, India. His father was late Jasti Lakshminarayana, a lawyer at Machilipatnam, Krishna District.

He had his earlier education up to class XII at Hindu High School at Machilipatnam in Krishna District and Graduated in Science (Physics) at Madras Loyala College. Graduated in Law from Andhra University Visakhapatnam, in 1976, he was enrolled as an Advocate in High Court of Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad in the year 1976 and practised under a senior Advocate Dr. B. Bhimaraju, former Public Prosecutor, High Court of A.P., P. Rajarao, Ex. Government Pleader High Court of A.P. and K. Srinivasa Murthy, a leading Advocate in High Court of A.P. Specialised in Constitutional Law, Election Laws, Central Excise, Customs, Income Tax and Criminal Law.

He was appointed as Standing Counsel of A.P. Lokayukta in 1985 and 1986. He also worked as Government Pleader for Home Affairs in High Court in the years 1988 and 1989. He was designated as Senior Counsel in the year 1995 and appointed as Additional Advocate General on 13.10.1995. Elevated as Addl. Judge of High Court of Andhra Pradesh on 23.6.1997 and as Judge w.e.f. 17.05.1999.

He assumed the charge of the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court (The High Court of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh) on 03.05.2007.