Saturday, April 24, 2010

R Krishnasamy Naidu: Ex,MLA and TNCC President

R. Krishnasamy Naidu was an Tamil politician and former Member of the Legislative Assembly. He was elected to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly as an Indian National Congress candidate from Srivilliputhur constituency in 1957 election and from Rajapalayam constituency in 1962 election.

R.Krishnasamy naidu Born : 05.01.1902. Died : 31.10.1973.

An ardent social worker and a keen co-operator; Agriculturist; interested in coposing Tamil verses; reading books and hearing carnatic music. Member Madras Legilative Assembly 1952- 67.
Joined in the Indian National Congiress in 1922.
Underwent imprisonment for one year in 1930 during the Civil Disobedience Movement.

President Tamil nadu Congress Committee 1962.

S Ramasamy Naidu: Educationist and Social reformer

Shri.S.Ramasamy Naidu M.A.,BL of Sattur ( Popularly known as S.R) the first generation advocate and Social reformer and a political leader emerged among the agriculturist, was rightly chosen to identify the association. He was the member of Provisional Parliament during the period of 1950-52 and and former Member of the Legislative Assembly. He was elected to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly as an Indian National Congress candidate from Sattur constituency in 1952 election, from Sivakasi constituency in1957 and 1962 elections as Indian National Congress candidate. He was again elected from Sattur constituency as a Swatantra Party candidate in 1967 election.

Sri SR, because of his dedicated social work and political background; scores of people from southern districts were able to get the basic education prior to 1960. He was instrument in bringing the Govt High School in all villages at Southern Districts and many schools were named as Sri SR Naidu Govt High School. After the demise of Sri SR, one Arts and Science College was established by the community people in his name at Sattur which is a reputed institution in Virudhunagar.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

'Indian Americans catching up in US politics too'

Washington, 20 April: Recipient of this year's prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honour, Indian American business leader Rao S. Anumolu believes the Indian community, doing an 'A+ job' professionally and economically, is now catching on in politics too.

'Indians here are mostly professionals - doctors, engineers and in finance field, etc,' says Anumolu, president and CEO of Long Island (New York)-based ASR International Corporation, who would be presented the medal recognising those making outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world, on May 8.

'In these professions, there is ample opportunity to prove themselves professionally and economically, and they are doing A+ job,' he told.

'In politics, the second generation is catching on and they are much more in tune as participants, be it (Louisiana governor) Bobby Jindal or others, but not to the extent you expect,' he said.
Asked what makes Indians excel, Anumolu said: 'My take on that is: Talent has always been there in India. The question is of providing sufficient resources to support the basic human talent for growth.'

'Now, in India too they are flooded with the resources, knowledge, know-how, equipment, and whatever is needed to succeed. Indians are excelling worldwide. Anywhere they can excel because they inherently have good talent and they work hard,' Anumolu said.

With the Indian economy now booming, Anumolu's ASR is 'supporting companies here which are going to India and setting up big ventures there'.

'With our support, they are able to go there with full force and implement them with these resources and know-how. So, indirectly we are helping everyone,' he said when asked about his plans to venture out to India.

Both the US House of Representatives and the Senate have officially recognised the Ellis Island Medals of Honour and the recipients are read into the Congressional Record. Anumolu is the only Asian Indian to have been also cited by the US Congress in 2003 for the contributions made by him and ASR International Corporation towards homeland security in the US.

He came to Chicago for higher studies in 1969 and went on to turn ASR into a trailblazer in developing innovative systems and leveraging technology to provide cost-effective, high quality services to Fortune 500 companies like BP, Rolls-Royce, Exxon, Textron and government agencies.

'They work with us because we serve them well in a cost-effective manner,' he said. 'We support Fortune 500 companies and provide services worldwide. Of course most of our work is right here in the US.'

Anumolu, who has also been honoured by national Telugu organisations such as TANA and ATA, has consistently 'supported many associations of Indian origin. In turn, they send out aid when and where needed in India'.

'They are better than me in channelling the we give it to them,' he said.

Anumolu has no political favourites, be it in India or the US. 'We stand neutral on the political spectrum. I have friends on both sides of the aisle. We keep away from politics,' he said.

'Our mission is clear - we are focused to achieve a few things. And we believe that this is a major contributor to societal growth, whether it is here or anywhere in the world,' Anumolu said when asked what he believed brought him the honour.

His formula for success: 'Anything you take, work at it, focus on it, try to learn from it, and then move forward with total determination and you will succeed beyond your imagination.'

His two sons, Praveen and Naveen too are now fully involved in the family business, yet Anumolu who keeps fit and at peace by not getting 'involved in unnecessary activities' and doing 'interesting things all the time', has no retirement plans.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Coffee Board chairman Gogineni V Krishna Rao moves to Karnataka Raj Bhavan

Karnataka Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj has picked Coffee Board of India chairman Gogineni Venkata Krishna Rao to succeed A.K.M. Nayak who left the Raj Bhavan at the end of July 2009 to become additional chief secretary in the Karnataka government.

It will be one more Telugu-speaking IAS officer in an influential office in Karnataka. The state Chief Minister's Office already has three key officials including two IAS officers who are Telugu-speaking.

Krishna Rao, 56, a 1982-batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer who hails from Andhra Pradesh, told, "We are used to moving places in our jobs and I only I hope I live to the expectations of my new job there. Every job has its challenges and responsibilities."

For almost five years since he took over as chairman of Coffee Board in May 2005, the soft-spoken officer served as a friend, philosopher and guide to the coffee industry in India. The Coffee Board, an autonomous body functioning under the Central ministry of commerce and industry, was set up under an Act of Parliament in 1942 to focus on "research, development, extension, quality upgradation, market information, and the domestic and external promotion of Coffees of India". Under Rao's guidance, coffee exports marginally rose to two lakh tons in the current fiscal -- a whiff of energising aroma -- especially factoring lower output because of adverse weather conditions and increase in domestic consumption.

Rau had also worked on several measures to boost demand for coffee -- locally the coffee sector reported six per cent growth rate and outside more than two per cent. "It won't be fair to attribute these good things to me," Rao told, "we all worked together for the success of the Board's objectives." It's exactly the kind of lowkey characteristic that helped the Governor's office to zero in on Rao after some late night consultation with the state chief secretary S.V. Ranganath the last few days.

An MSc in agriculture, Rau will find the Raj Bhavan environment a totally different one for him to cultivate and nurture.

Rao will be entering a fairly tough territory serving as a link between the imposing colonial landmark and the state Government whose functionaries sit in another 1950s granite edifice called the Vidhana Soudha just next door. Close encounters of a powerful kind.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Corpus Media labs acquires US-based PQ Engineering

Corpus Media labs (Sachin Tummala, chairman), a media and entertainment software and services unit of the Hyderabad-based Corpus group of companies, has acquired US-based PQ Engineering, Inc (PQE), a digital video consulting group in a cash and stock deal.

Dallas based Corpus Media labs provides cross platform applications like Interactivity, Enhanced TV, Customer care, transactional services, participatory and Information services across TV, PC and Mobile.

Corpus' cross platform applications can be deployed on top of proprietary Service acceleration platform, ''Citadel'' as well on industry renowned middleware platforms.
Denver, Colorado-based privately held PQ Engineering is a digital video consulting services company with expertise in headend solutions, system integration and rollout, and next-generation set-top box development and testing.

Sachin Tummala, group chairman, Corpus group of companies said, "The combined forces of both the companies will allow expanding our expertise both in India as well as in US providing our cable and satellite customers with a broad range of solutions in the fields of Systems Integration, Application development as well as consulting."

In 2006, Corpus had acquired Recreate Solutions, a London-based new media services company, and followed it up by acquiring Retreon Inc., a Denver based Cable and satellite focused company.

Corpus Media Lab's main backers are private equity firm ConnectCapital, an investment arm of Insight Capital Partners, whose strategic investors include Microsoft and i2 technologies

Thursday, April 8, 2010

AP awards Machilipatnam port to Navayuga

The project estimated to involve an investment of Rs.1560 crore, was originally awarded to Maytas Infra Ltd-led consortium in april 2008.

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh cabinet on Wednesday named infrastructure firm Navayuga Engineering Co. Ltd (Chinta visveswara Rao-Chairman) as the lead promoter of the Machilipatnam port project on India’s east coast.

The project, estimated to involve an investment of Rs1,590 crore, was originally awarded to a Maytas Infra Ltd-led consortium in April 2008.

The Maytas consortium failed to achieve financial closure for the project within the stipulated time and its members, Srie Infrastructure Ltd and Sarat Chandra Co., expressed their willingness to exit from it, the state government said in a statement after the cabinet meeting.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

3 Kammas elected to Bangalore Municipal Corporation

3 Kammas elected to Bangalore Municipal Corporation
1) Munirathnam Naidu - Yeshwanthpur - INC
2) Katta Jagadish - Vasanth Nagar - BJP
3) B.S. Venkataswamy Naidu - Chikkallsandra - BJP

Friday, April 2, 2010

D. Balasundaram: The machine man Architects of Coimbatore

The first indigenous motor in the country was produced in Coimbatore in 1939 , thanks to an engineer who was working in the National Engineering Works of G.D.Naidu.

An electrical engineer from Sheffield University, England, D. Balasundaram had training in a major industrial unit there that had 12,000 employees manufacturing components for power stations.
He is said to have used the “copper rotor welding” technology to design this motor.

Born in 1913 at Avarampalayam ,Coimbatore, he first established Coimbatore Engineering and Trading Company to manufacture components for textile machinery.

When his Textool Company was born, the first ring frame was produced.

According to historian C.R.Elangovan, this was an achievement because it was a period immediately after the Second World War when everything was scarce and there were too many restrictions too.

Besides, everything had to be imported for which also there were a number of controls, licences and practical problems.

Undaunted, Mr.Balasundaram imported old machinery from Europe, repaired them and used for manufacturing various components.

In 1948, the Indian Government itself requested his Textool Company to manufacture guns and Mr.Balasundaram set up a separate division for the same.

From sten gun to SBBL-12 type of gun the unit provided.

His company, which started producing more and more textile components in 1949, had as much as 2,000 employees by 1952, an achievement by itself.

Textool became so prominent that it was manufacturing almost all the components required for textile units and it emerged as one of the top three in the country manufacturing such items. 

In 1955, he started manufacturing 5 HP diesel engines meant for agricultural pumpsets and the strength of the workforce commensurately shot up to 4,000 by 1957.

He improved upon the Ambar charka with four spindles designed by Ekambaram of Tirunelveli into a 16 spindle charka.

Though that attracted quite a lot of approbation and recognition , it did not become popular due to certain practical difficulties.

He was not deterred by the serious shortage of pig iron for his factory.

He produced indigenous machinery to make iron from the ore and did produce as much as 50 tonnes of iron a day at the Textool itself.

The company rose to such an eminent position that it received orders even from Neyveli Lignite Corporation for components to their machinery and Textool’s products were considered even sturdier than the ones imported from Germany.

In 1960, Mr.Balasundaram undertook a trip to Japan which revolutionised his activities. That led to his producing even railway signal equipment and also the cone winding machinery for textile units with Japanese co-operation.

Mr. Elangovan considers the total indigenous production of a passenger car in 1965 as one of the greatest achievements of Textool.

Besides, a tractor was made in the same company and the first tractor was handed over to the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, towards Bihar flood relief fund.

The serious recession in the textile industry that began in 1965 started hurting Textool also.
Many customers could not make their payments for the Textool products and the company was caught in a serious financial crisis.

It had to be closed down for some time.

When the State Government took over the company, Mr.Balasundaram relinquished his charge.
Most of the small entrepreneurs, especially in Ganapathi area, are said to have been former staff of the Textool Company and there is none who has not had some counsel or support from Mr.Balasundaram.

He is one who has never bothered about money. All that he thinks of is machines and nothing more.