Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tara Yarlagadda receives top honors in High School Journalism

Tip of the old fedora to Acalanes High senior Tara Yarlagadda for winning the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists' (whew) award for stellar feature journalism writing.

Yarlagadda's entry, "Sexting Sweeps The Nation," was judged the best feature story of 351 entries submitted by high school newspapers across the country (USA). Her piece focused on the perils faced by students who share graphic images and information with others via their cell phones.

Rakindo Kumarakom Backwater Golf Resort: one of the Top 10 tourist destinations in the world.

Rakindo’s Kumarakom Backwater Glof Resort project will soon be the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Kerala’s tourism landscape. RAKINDO Developers Pvt Ltd (Prasad Koneru, Managing Director), is a Joint Venture between RAKEEN, a Joint Stock Company, promoted by the Govt. of Ras-Al-Khaimah, UAE and the Trimex Group, India. Spread over 450 acres and set amidst the beautiful backwaters of Kumarakom, Kerala, ‘Kumarakom Resorts’, Rakindo’s resort golf – themed township will incorporate the best of lifestyle concepts including

*A 18-hole international golf course
*Resort hotel & spa
*Chic cafes & restaurants
*Street mall
RAKINDO Developers will provide comprehensive and world class amenities in their townships through strategic alliances and partnerships in education, hospitality, health and retail.
RAKINDO’s has formed a JV with Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc, a global hotel company which owns and operates over 110 hotels in 18 countries for investment into hospitality projects in India.

The JV Company, M&C Rakindo Hospitality, is scheduled to launch a 105-room business class hotel in T.Nagar, Chennai and a 350-room business hotel in Whitefield, Bangalore in 2009.

Raju Narisetti

Raju Narisetti (born June 26, 1966, s/o Narisetti Innaiah & Venigalla Komala) has been a journalist of 20 years, 13 of which he spent at the Wall Street Journal in the U.S. and Europe.

Raju has a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University at Bloomington; an MBA from the Institute of Rural Management in Anand, Gujarat; a post-graduate diploma in journalism from the Times of India School of Journalism in New Delhi and a bachelor's degree in economics from Nizam College, Hyderabad.

In January 2009, Narisetti was named a managing editor of The Washington Post. As one of two Managing Editors, he is responsible for all content at; the Post's Interactivity team; the Post's Presentation Team (photo, graphics, design, multimedia), its print Features sections--Weekend, Travel, BookWorld, Food, and the Post Magazine (with columnists such as Pulitzer Prize winner Gene Weingarten and Tom Sietsema), in addition to Style, where he supervises editors and critics such as Hornaday, Blake Gopnik and Sarah Kaufman (dance), among others. He reports to Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli. He was responsible for overseeing the Post's 2009 print redesign, the integration of its print and online operations which combined two separate newsrooms effective November 2009 and also the rollout of the Post's new internal publishing system, Eidos Methode, slated for July-Dec 2010.

Until June 2006, he was the Editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe and a Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal, reporting to Paul Steiger, with overall responsibility of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

From 2006-2008 Raju Narisetti was the founding editor of Mint, India's only Berliner format business newspaper (see the paper at that was launched by him on 1 February 2007 for HT Media Ltd, which is also the publisher of Hindustan Times and is headquartered in New Delhi. Mint has an exclusive partnership in India with The Wall Street Journal. Narisetti was the Editor of Mint until end-2008 before resigning. Until June 2009 he was also an Editorial Advisory Director for HT Media.

According to Indian Readership Survey Round 2 2008, Mint has total daily readership of 217,000 (Monday-Saturday)making it the No. 2 business daily in both Mumbai and Delhi. It is now available in seven Indian cities--New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh and Pune, Kolkata and Chennai. Mint's website has 1.6 million unique users. It also offers a mobile website, which was launched in late 2008.

Raju Narisetti was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007. He is a life member of South Asian Journalists Association and is on the board of the World Editors Forum of IFRA/World Association of Newspapers.

Raju hosts the Washington Post's On Leadership forum at with Steven Pearlstein.

Raju lives in Bethesda, Maryland where he maintains a hatred for Tony Kornheiser.

On April 12, 2010, The Washington Post won 4 Pulitzer Prizes for work done in 2009, the most for any single newspaper, including two for Post Magazine (Gene Weingarten) and Style (Sarah Kaufman), both sections headed by Raju.

Raju is married to children's/travel books author Kim Barrington Narisetti (, and has two daughters, Leila and Zola.

Archbishop Samineni Arulappa

 Archbishop Samineni Arulappa, often shortened to S Arulappa, (28 August 1924—13 February 2005) was an Indian Roman Catholic clergyman who served as the Archbishop of Hyderabad from December 1971 through January 2000. The youngest priest to be consecrated to such a high office, he was also the longest-serving Archbishop in India. He was also the first Archbishop who had the honour of being consecrated by Pope Paul VI in Rome. 
"Love and Serve" was his motto.

Arulappa was born on 28 August 1924 in a Kamma family to Smt. Rajamma and Sri Samineni Chinnaiah in Kilacheri in the state of Tamil Nadu. Earlier, his ancestors migrated southward from Guntur in search of livelihood. When the state of Andhra Pradesh was formed, Kilacheri fell under Tamil Nadu.

He was the only son of their parents and was preceded by four sisters, three of whom are nuns. He was brought up in an atmosphere of strict discipline by his mother who wanted to see her only son become a Priest. The Archbishop reminiscences that her mother looked forward to the day when she could see him as a Priest but both his parents died while he was still pursuing seminary studies.

Arulappa also evinced keen interest in pursuing the vocation of priesthood and also assisted the Priests as an altar boy during his childhood. He was sent to the Kandy Pontifical College (Known as the Papal Seminary, it was built in 1893 by Pope Leo XIII), Kandy, Sri Lanka to pursue theological studies. The Papal Seminary awarded Arulappa licentiate degrees in Philosophy and Theology (L. Ph. & L. Th.) on successfully completing his studies there. Later in 1955, the said College re-located to Pune [the Papal Seminary / Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth is located in Ramwadi (Ahmednagar highway), Pune].

Subsequently, he studied Economics and Education in Loyola College, Chennai.

Arulappa was ordained as a priest on 6 May 1950 by Bishop Ignatius Glennie, s.j. the then Bishop of Trincomalee.

He joined the faculty of the Madras Archdiocesan Minor & Major Seminaries in Madras and taught Latin and Philosophy besides being the Rector of the Seminary.

Arulappa also served as a Parish Priest in two parishes and was also Principal of St. Joseph's Anglo-Indian Boys' High School in Madras.

He was also sent to Oxford University, the oldest university in England, for post-graduate studies in Public and Social Administration.

Later, Arulappa was appointed as the Rector of Christ Hall Seminary, a philosophate in Karumathur in Madurai and served as its Rector.

G. Joseph Mark was the fifth Bishop of Hyderabad and later became Archbishop when the diocese of Hyderabad was elevated to an archdiocese on 19 September 1953. With his death on 28 February 1971, the office of the Archbishop fell vacant.

Fr. S. Arulappa of the archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore was brought-in and nominated to the archbishopric of Hyderabad.

On 6 December 1971, he was appointed as the Archbishop of Hyderabad. He was consecrated principally by Pope Paul VI and co-consecrators Cardinals Alfrink and Conway on February 13, 1972 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Later, he was installed as the Archbishop of Hyderabad on 19 March 1972 in the All Saints' School Grounds in Abids, Hyderabad.

Arulappa recollects that on 12 December 1971, he received a letter from the Apostolic Nunciature stating that he had been nominated as the Archbishop of Hyderabad and all that he could do was just kneel down and pray like never before.

On 29 January 2000, Arulappa retired from his position as the Archbishop on reaching 75 years of age but continued to live in the Archbishop's House at Secunderabad and was Archbishop Emeritus.

On his retirement, the Archdiocese of Hyderabad released a book "Love and Serve", a brief memoir authored by Archbishop Arulappa himself.

Archbishop Arulappa died in Hyderabad at the age of 80. In accordance to his wishes stated in a will, he was laid to rest in the altar in St. Mary's Church, Secunderabad on 14 February 2005.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Anumolu Subba Rao receives Ellis Island Medal of Honour

WASHINGTON: Rao S Anumolu, an Indian-American from Long Island in New York, has been conferred with the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honour — the highest civilian award in the US for immigrants — for his contribution in the development of this country.

Both the United States House of Representatives and Senate have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honour and the recipients are read into the Congressional Record.

Among the past medalists include six US Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.

CEO of Long Island (New York)-based ASR International Corporation, Anumolu received the prestigious award on May 8, at a ceremony held at Ellis Island in the presence of several dignitaries.

The Medal recognizes recipients for outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world.

Vijayawada born Anumolu came to the US in 1969 and obtained a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and also an MBA degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

He has attended several Advanced Management Programs at Defence Systems Management College, Harvard University and Wharton School of Business Management.

Recently he has graduated from the Owner/President Management Program (OPM) at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In 2003, he was cited by the US Congress for the contributions made by him and ASR International Corporation towards homeland security in USA.

The cost-effective technology and systems deployed by ASR to protect the nation's airports, waterways, railroads and highways were specifically mentioned in Congressional citation.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pranay Chowdary Malempati - Spelling Bee Champion Delaware state

Pranay Chowdary Malempati won the Delaware Spelling Bee contest will go on to the nationals to be held June 2-4, 2010 in Washington DC.

Eleven-year-old Pranay Malempati, an Indian-American kid going by his name, represents Middletown’s Alfred Waters Middle School.

The bespectacled youngster spelled ‘amenable’ correctly to win the state championship.

Pranay plays Little League baseball. His favorite sports figures include Peyton Manning, Donavan McNabb, DeSean Jackson and Brett Favre. Sports aside, Pranay’s role models are his mother and father because Pranay says they make good choices and always do the right things. If you went to his home you would notice that he and his family also are fluent in Telugu. Pranay enjoys camping almost every month. He has earned the rank of First Class Boy Scout, plays violin in his school orchestra and participates in Science Olympiad and Odyssey of the Mind activities. Pranay aspires to become a cardiovascular surgeon and an entrepreneur

Aravind Eye Care Wins World’s Largest Humanitarian Prize

The Madurai-based Aravind Eye Care System, which has performed more than one-and-a-half million free eye surgeries in India, received the $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize April 20 in Redwood City, Calif.

The world’s largest humanitarian prize was presented to Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Aravind’s chairman, by Steven Hilton, grandson of the late hotelier Conrad Hilton, who created the prize in 1996.

The prize money will be used to scale up the organization’s reach into India’s villages and its research into the diseases causing blindness, Namperumalsamy said.

"The most critical aspect of our selection process is that the organization demonstrates success in alleviating human suffering in a creative way, and with real impact,” Hilton, who serves as chairman of the Conrad Hilton Foundation, told, noting that the selection each year is made by an independent jury.

“Of all the things that could go wrong with your life, blindness has to be the most devastating. Aravind is directly touching the lives of extremely poor people and changing their lives very quickly,” said the uncle of socialite Paris Hilton.

India has the largest number of blind people — 15 million — in the world, noted the World Health Organization in a May 2009 report.

More than 75 percent of blindness is curable, noted the WHO, adding that cataracts remain the leading cause of the affliction.

Aravind Eye Care began humbly in 1976, with 11 beds in a rented building. Since then, it has grown to become the world’s largest eye care organization, serving about 300,000 patients annually from five hospitals in India.

The organization performs surgeries to reverse or stop blindness, at a cost of about $35 per eye. It hopes to establish 15 more hospitals and perform half a million surgeries annually in India by the year 2015.

Namperumalsamy founded the organization after retiring, along with his wife Natchiar Govindappa, and the late Govindappa Venkataswamy.

Venkataswamy was inspired by the fast-food chain McDonalds – “quality food at an affordable price” — and set out to develop a standardized model that could be endlessly replicated. Aravind’s 300 surgeons daily perform several surgeries back-to-back, thereby greatly reducing costs.

About two-thirds of the surgeries are performed for free, while the cost for the remaining one-third funds the free surgeries. The organization is self-supporting — it receives no private or government funds — and operates on a sliding-scale basis for paying patients.

Namperumalsamy said Aravind would use the prize money to research diabetes-related blindness — India is the world’s capital of diabetes mellitus, he said — and cataract impairment.

The organization also plans to expand its manufacturing facilities, which currently produce many of the materials needed to perform surgeries. Aravind produces the intra-ocular lens used in cataract surgeries for about $2 apiece, a fraction of the $150 cost in the developed world. The organization is currently working on a laser to treat diabetes-related blindness.

The organization also trains its own nurses, who are recruited primarily from villages at the age of 16 or 17, and trained on the job for two years. The nurses do much of the prep work, allowing surgeons to more rapidly perform surgeries.

Aravind’s self-sustainability was an extremely rare phenomenon in the non-profit world, said Hilton. “You don’t see many organizations that can sustain themselves without fundraising or government money.”

The Obama administration could look to Aravind as a model for managing health care costs in the U.S., he opined. “Typically, when you go into a doctor’s office for a simple operation, the doctor, nurse and anesthesiologist are set up just for you, which becomes very expensive.”

This year’s jury included Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, Princess Salimah Aga Khan, former prime minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, and former United Nations Under-Secretary-General Olara Otunnu, among others.

The award was presented during the annual Global Philanthrophy Forum’s annual conference.

Dr P Namperumalswamy in the TIME '100 most influential people in the world' 2010 list

Leading magazine TIME named Padmashree Dr Perumal Namperumal Swamy Ravilla, Chairman of the Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai, to the '2010 TIME 100' list, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The magazine said "Dr Namperumalsamy, 70, and his army of cataract fixers at Aravind eye care hospital can, through a simple surgery, give a blind person eyesight back in less time than it take to read the Magazine."

From 1976, the hospital which was founded with goal of bringing assembly-line efficiency to health care, figured out how to replace cataracts safely and quickly. They had performed 3.6 million Surgeries to date, a new one every 15 minutes.

The magazine also described the business model of the hospital as brilliant as 30 per cent of the patients can afford to pay subsidised free or low cost care for the 70 per cent who are poor.

The writer, Mullaneu co-founder of the 'Smile Trains', which provides more than 125,000 free cleft surgeries per year for children in developing Countries said As I write these words after a long day spent in the slums in India, I cannottell you how much admiration I have for him and his team.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Yalamanchili wins 2nd Dist. Dem primary

Newcomer Surya Yalamanchili won the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District and will meet incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt in the fall.

With nearly all precincts reporting in the sprawling district, Yalamanchili had 40 percent, Madeira businessman David Krikorian 38 percent and Parker, a health administrator from Pike County, had 21 percent.

Krikorian all but conceded the Democratic primary late Tuesday, saying the Hamilton County vote appears to have given the victory to Yalamanchili, a former Procter & Gamble executive who lives in the East End.

“I think we just won,” Yalamanchili told celebrants at Blackfinn in downtown Cincinnati. “Jean Schmidt is going to be a formidable competitor, but I don’t think the task will be as big as the one we just overcame … The next five months will be like the primary on steroids.”

Krikorian blamed his apparent loss on allegations last week that he had made fun of Yalamanchili’s name. He strongly denied the accusations.

“That clearly affected the final outcome,” he said. “That was the difference. We tried to run a very positive campaign, but one of our opponents stooped to the level of playing the race card.”