Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nothing less than two gold will do for me: Gutta Jwala

New Delhi: In 2002 Manchester, she was a novice taking her first steps in badminton but eight years down the line, Jwala Gutta is one of the best medal prospects for India at the Commonwealth Games and the 27-year-old says she will not let her country down.

The seven-time national doubles Champion Jwala will pair up with V Diju and Ashwini Ponnappa to spearhead the Indian challenge in mixed and women's doubles events and she said she is eyeing two gold medals at the October 3-14 Delhi event here.

"During the Manchester Commonwealth Games, I was very young and new. I still remember those days, it was a different experience for me. Gopi was playing in those days. But now I have grown as a player a lot would be expected of me and Diju. I am ready for it," Jwala said.

"I am looking to win two gold medals, nothing less than that. Me and Diju had good exposure this year, thanks to the government's support. We have grown as players in the last couple of years and foreign teams are now scared to face us.

"We had good training sessions in the last month, where we have worked on the mistakes committed during the world championship. I am looking forward to performing at home," she said.

Asked about the level of competition, Jwala said, "Frankly speaking, it might not look so but there is tough competition in doubles. Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and England have good teams. But I know they are beatable.

Diju said the Asian teams can be handled but England will be a tough team.

Talking about her chances in women's doubles, Jwala said she and Ashwini have performed well since pairing together last year.

"Ashwini has suddenly grown as a player in the last couple of months. We have consistently played well. She is young and sharp and I believe we can win a gold," Jwala said.

Ashwini said the pair is working on their defence.

"We are working to sharpen our different areas. We have a good attack and we are now working more on our defence, also focusing on strength and speed," she said.

"The Malaysian pair would be a tough challenge. We have played three extended games with them when me and Jwala started playing together. But we have improved a lot in the last one and a half years and should be able to beat them, if we play to our strength," she said.

Kamma IPS officers

Kamma IPS officers (Past and Present)

1. P.S.Ramamohana Rao
2. K.Ramamohana Rao
3. K.V.Appa Rao
4. P.D.Koteswara Rao
5. Chirumamilla Venkata Narasaiah
6. P.Gowtham Kumar
7. M.Lakshmi Narayana
8. K.Sadasiva Rao
9. Yendluri Anil Kumar
10. P.S.Prasad
11. C.R.Naidu
12. N.V.Surendra Babu
13. Jasti Venkata Ramudu
14. Boyapati Dinakar Prasad
15. Chadalawada Umesh Chandra
16. Maganti Kantha Rao
17. Goduguluri Srinivasa Rao
18. Ammineni. R. Srinivasa Rao
19. Kode Durga Prasad
20. M.Malakondaiah
21. Aluri Venkateswara rao
22. P. Appa Rao
23. Mandava VishnuVardhan Rao
24. Muvva Chandra Sekhar
25. M.Punna Rao
26. Athota Malakondaiah
27. Thummala Vikram
28. E.Damodar
29. Parvathaneni Sai Prasad
30. Chitturi Prasad
31. Kalluri Siva Rama Prasad
32. M.V.Rao 
33. Kondaveeti Rajendra Kumar
34. Pullela Murali Mohana Rao
35. Koya Praveen
36. S.C.Thimmappa (Karnataka)
37. S.K.Venugopal (Karnataka)
38. V.Balachandran (Tamilnadu)
39. K.Radhakrishna (Tamilnadu)
40. T.Radha Krishna (Tamilnadu)
41. Dinakar (Tamilnadu)
42. B. Perumalsamy (Tamilnadu)
43. P.Bhaskar (Tamilnadu)
44. C.Dinakaran (Tamilnadu)
45. D.R.Karthikeyan (Tamilnadu)
46. V.A. Ravikumar (Tamilnadu)
47. Kamireddy Panduranga Prabhakara Rao (DGP - West Bengal)
48. Pendurthi Purnachandra Rao
49. Tatineni Yoganand
50. Ghattamaneni Srinivas
51. Harshita Attaluri - SP (Kollam - Kerala)
52. Ancha Shankar Rao ( OSD, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department - Sikkim ) 
53. Mandava HarshaVardhan (S/o Mandava VishnuVardhan Rao) IPS - IG Jarkhand)
54. Darpineni Amarkesh  
55. C B Ryshyanth (Karnataka)
56. M.Nageswar Rao (Addl.DGP - Orissa)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Kamma IAS officers

Kamma IAS officers (Past & Present)
1. Velagapudi Ramakrishna - ICS
2. Srinivasan (Father of Ex.Minister Y.Sita Devi) - ICS
3. Narne Venkataswamy Naidu
4. Padmasri Challagulla Narasimham
5. V. Adiseshayya
6. Mothukuri Kotaiah
7. Kanumilli Subba Rao
8. B.N.Yugandhar
9. Paidi Lakshmi Sanjeeva Reddi
10. Polavaram Vanamali
11. Tummala Ramamohana Rao
12. Nagabhairava Jayaprakash Narayan
13. Muddana Sambasiva rao
14. A.Vanajakshi
15. Kantipudi Padmanabhaiah
16. Dandamudi Venkata Rayudu
17. Mikkilineni Vinayaka Rao
18. Kaja Rathna Kishore
19. Kamineni suryanarayana
20. Movva Tirumala Krishna Babu
21. Kakarla Usha
22. Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar
23. Patibandla Ashok Babu
24. Katamaneni Bhaskar
25. Muddana Ravichandra
26. Mukkamala.G.Gopal
27. Bollineni Rajagopal Naidu
28. Ganta Ramesh Kumar
30. Adusumilli Rajmouli
31. Jujjuvarapu Balaji
32. Kakumanu Sivaprasad
33. Ravella Vineel Krishna
34. Maddineni Tulasi
35. Vemuri.Usha Rani
36. G.Sai Prasad
37. Gogineni Latha Krishna Rao
38. Gogineni Krishna Rao
39. T.M.Vijaya Bhaskar
40. K.Damayanthi
41. J.Sudha Rani
42. M.Subrahmanyam
43. Suryadevara R.Rao
44. P.Raghavendra Rao
45. Atluri Koteswara Rao
46. S Pradeep Kumar Naidu
47. Ancha Ayyeswara Rao
48. Dr.Dondapati Sambasiva Rao
49. Velamati Meenakshi Manohara Prasad
50. K.Lakshminarayana
51. Adapa Karthik (All India Topper 2007)
52. J.Satyanarayana 
53. D.Ramaiah
54. Haribandi Venugopal 
55. Gudipudi Srinivasa Rao 
56. Sakhamuri Chandrasekhar
57. Kolasani Subbaiah Chowdary 
58. Jaikar Jorum (Karnataka)
59. Dr.P.Umanath (Tamilnadu)
60. S.Ramakrishnan (Tamilnadu)
61. S.Lakshminaryanan (Tamilnadu)
62. Varadarajan (Tamilnadu)
63. V.K.Subburaj (Tamilnadu)
64. M.Raja Ram (Tamilnadu)
65. P.Vasavi (Tamilnadu)
66. J.Radhakrishnan (Tamilnadu)
67. R.Varadarajulu (Tamilnadu)
68. Dr B. V. R. C. Purushotham. (Tamilnadu)
69. Nammalvar (Tamilnadu)
70. M. Ramaswamy (Tamilnadu)
71. Dr.B.Chandramouli (Tamilnadu)
72. Malepati Pawan Kumar
73. Cherukuri Sridhar
74. Vasireddi Vijaya Jyothsna (Karnataka cader)
75. K.V.Ramana (Collector - Kadapa)

Trading of equity shares of 7Seas Technologies Ltd. in BSE (Scrip Code No. 590116)

The equity shares of the India's first online gaming company 7Seas Technologies Limited (Lingamaneni Maruti Sankar, Managing Director), listed on Ahmedabad Stock Exchanges, will be permitted for trading on the Bombay Stock Exchange under the “TS” group with effect from Monday, September 27, 2010

Pursuant to the same, the daily circuit filter in the equity shares of the company is being kept open on September 27, 2010, in order to enable the members to deal in the scrip at a realistic price level.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Naveen Ramineni: Scipt writer "Back Stabber" movie

It began with a dagger made of volcanic stone in Mexico, and ends with an alligator cruising a pond in Conroe.

Naveen Ramineni, a physician in The Woodlands, was visiting the Mayan pyramids in Mexico three years ago when he spotted small dagger-like tools at a roadside stand."I thought it would be a cool envelope-opener," Ramineni said. "So I bought it. Then I thought, wouldn't it be cool if someone bought an envelope-opener from Mexico and used it as a killing weapon? I built the story from there."
Indeed he did, and it's called " Backstabber".Ramineni wrote it as a screenplay.

A group of employees are sent to an island for team building," Ramineni said. "The island is run by a company who puts the employees through extreme teambuilding activities that are out of the norm, like in one scene they have to cross the pond on a small plank, and in the pond is an alligator. Things like that.

"When people start disappearing, the others wonder if it's part of the extreme teambuilding activities, or if it's the work of never mind, Ramineni said.

You'll just have to see the movie.

Ramineni fell in love with movies in 1977, when, as a young lad, he watched Star Wars. "I could barely stay awake to watch it, but seeing it on the screen blew me away," Ramineni said. "I just knew I wanted to tell stories like that someday.

"Ramineni, a Houston resident, began writing screenplays in 2001, but they were either comedies or in some way related to sports. One such screenplay was purchased but never made into a movie.

"I was going to L.A. every now and then to try and get things sold," Ramineni said. "Nothing ever happened. Finally I decided to try a horror movie."It worked.

Ode to India's hero

Delaware Sep 25: For a shy boy of 9, it's a challenge to portray Mohandas K. Gandhi, hailed as one of the world's great men for his use of non-violence in freeing Indians from English rule in 1947.

The youthful Rakesh Gadde, who is lean like Gandhi, admits that he is a novice in the ways of this humble man, but that won't stop him from dressing in a trim white outfit and big round glasses.

Oct. 2 is Gandhi's 141st birthday and the International Day of Non-Violence. Delaware's India Fest, which falls on that day, is a celebration of the life of a man affectionately called "Bapu," or father, by millions.

Gandhi also is known as Mahatma or "great soul" and he has been revered by everyone from Albert Einstein to Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.

Rakesh will step on stage at the Center on the Riverfront as part of dance teach her Nisha Punjabi's celebration of India. Dance is just one of the offerings of India Fest, which is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 on the Wilmington Riverfront. There also is a bazaar, fashion show and plenty of Indian food. Admission is $4, and free for children younger than 6. Proceeds benefit relief efforts in Haiti.

Time for Achanta Sharat Kamal to bloom again

If India's best player, Achanta Sharath Kamal stays true to his form and reputation, the hosts can expect a few medals in table tennis at the CWG.

The lanky player whose home is in Chennai but who spends more time in Spain now, is the defending champion in men's singles and knows what it takes to win medals in these Games, having also helped India win the team crown at the Melbourne Games four years ago. This time, he will have to pull it off in front of the home crowd. India's foreign coach, Massimo Constantini is confident that Sharath can retain the singles gold.

"According to the ITTF world team ranking, India is second among the men and fifth among the women. So, at the CWG level, we're one of the leading powers. As far as Sharath goes, he has the ability to defend his singles gold. The right balance and confidence will make the difference," said Constantini.

Not surprisingly, even for the team event, India have once again pinned their hopes largely on Sharath who became the first Indian to win an ITTF Pro Tour singles title. He accomplished the feat at the Egypt Open in July this year. He had also bagged the US Open title at Michigan in the same month.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tilak, last doyen of dissent cinema, passes away

A man who was known as a firebrand and even spoken out against the underworld dons is no more. Kollipara Balagangadhar Tilak, who produced and directed 15 films passed away in Hyderabad at the KIMS Hospital after a brief period of illness, at the age of 84 years. He is survived by a son who he is said to have adopted. His wife though, left for heavenly abode a year or so ago. A filmmaker of eminence and one known for his leftist ideology, Tilak did not believe in mincing words and also took on the underworld and its efforts to control the Telugu film industry by getting a foothold first in the form of financing film production. That apart, he is best remembered for the way he carried on a struggle and eventually even sought legal help in getting industry workers their promised share of five per cent of profits for working in the epic 'Gandhi' made by Richard Attenborough.

Closer home, Tilak introduced popular singer S. Janaki through the song ‘Nee Asha Adiyasa’ in the film ‘MLA’ in 1957. Not just that, he also gave popular actress and now Member of Parliament, Jayaprada a break in the dog-eat-dog world of films, when she was barely 15 years, with ‘Bhoomikosam’.


A nephew of the legendary L V Prasad, he was concern for the downtrodden and the oppressed and fought for them throughout his life and not just through his films that carried this message. He was against social evils, customs and taboos. He was born in Dendaluru in West Godavari district in 1926 and even at the young age of 13, joined the freedom movement. He was also arrested and jailed in the year 1942 during the Quit India movement.


Tilak produced and directed 15 movies, including 10 in Telugu, two each in Hindi and Tamil and one in Marathi too. His Telugu films include ‘Muddu Bidda’, ‘Atta Oka Inti Kodale’, ‘Eedu Jodu’, ‘Uyyala Jampala’, ‘Chitti Tammudu’ and ‘Pantaalu Pattimpulu’, all in black and white and three including ‘Bhoomi Kosam’, ‘Kolleti Kaapuram’ and ‘Dharmavaddi’ in colour
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3i’s infra fund may invest Rs 684 crore in Soma Enterprises’ road business

MUMBAI: Global private equity firm 3i Group is likely to invest $150 million (approximately Rs 684 crore) in the road business of Hyderabad-based construction and engineering company Soma Enterprises (Maganti Ankineedu CEO), said a person familiar with the matter.

London-based 3i’s infrastructure fund will invest a large part of the money in Soma Enterprises’ yet-to-be-formed holding company for road business. The remaining part will be put in various road projects, said the same person who did not wish to be named. “The structure of the proposed investment will help the promoters of Soma to avoid much dilution,” said the person.

3i’s representative in London said they would not comment on market speculation. “We are currently in talks with a few players for drawing investments in our roads business. But nothing has been finalised and any finality on the deal will be known only in a couple of months,” said Ankineedu Maganti, CEO and promoter of Soma Enterprises.

3i had bought a minority stake in Soma Enterprises for Rs 400 crore two years ago. 3i has invested 42% of its $1.2-billion India dedicated fund till last year, according to its annual report for the year ended December 2009.

Unlisted Soma Enterprises plans to get its shares listed with the stock exchanges next financial year, said Mr Maganti. It recorded a net profit of Rs 161 crore and sales of Rs 2,500 crore last year.

Soma needs funds for expansion as it intends to participate in National Highways Authority of India’s 558-km, six-lane road project between Kishangarh and Udaipur Highway.

This project is estimated to cost Rs 5,000 crore. The existing road portfolio of Soma is estimated to be Rs 12,000 crore with financial closure achieved for a majority of its road projects. It has a 50:50 joint venture partnership with Spanish infrastructure firm Isolux Corsan for some of the road projects.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Industry Leader Uma Venigalla Added to the Cambridge Who's Who Network

Uma Venigalla is an author of 80 research papers published in various national and international toxicology journals.

JACKSON, MI, September 23, 2010 /Cambridge Who's Who/ -- Uma Venigalla, Ph.D., BTS Quality Assurance Technical Lead for CMS Energy, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in project management.

BTS quality assurance technical lead for CMS Energy, Ms. Venigalla thrives by utilizing her expertise in software development and integration, as well as vendor product evaluation. In her position, she advises large software development projects, oversees maintenance across BTS on planning, deployment and management of test efforts, and manages the software development life cycle. In addition, she builds work plans for all phases of testing, ensures proper test scripts, supports an audit trail, manages quality assurance policies, procedures, quality assurance best practices around testing standards and methodologies, and improves testing methodology design and development. By working with test tool applications such as the quality center, she utilizes suite of testing tools for all testing efforts, trains new users on tools and assists with building test scripts.

Dr. Venigalla received her Ph.D. in Marine Toxicology (1984), Master of Science (1979) and Bachelor of Science (1977), all from Andhra University in India. She attained her designation as a certified software test professional and as a certified quality assurance tester through the International Institute for Software Testing.

CMS Energy provides electricity and natural gas. Prior to joining the utility, Ms. Venigalla worked as a PEGA QA architect for Auto-Owners Insurance, Test Lead for DTE Energy Company, Quality Assurance Lead and Senior Quality Assurance Engineer for ABN AMRO Services Company, Inc., and quality assurance engineer for InterFirst. The author of 80 research papers, she has presented her papers at international scientific seminars in John Hopkins Medical University. A member of Quality Assurance and Test Professionals/Analysts, SAP Professionals of America and The International Institute for Software Testing, she attributes her success to her commitment, hard work and goal-oriented nature. In the approaching years, she aspires to work her way up to the position of quality assurance manager.

Sridhar Kodali bought Balapur Ganesh laddu for Rs. 5.35 lakhs

Hyderabad: The auction of the laddu weighing nearly 21 kg kept at the Ganesh pandal at Balapur village on city outskirts fetched a record sum of Rs 5.35 lakh in the auction conducted before the centralised procession began.

An employee of Vijaya Electricals, Kodali Sreedhar offered to pay Rs 5.35 lakh, more than 25,000 of last year’s figure. The buying of laddoo, which is kept at the feet of Ganesha in the pandal, is considered as auspicious by the devout.

The organisers of the Ganesh festival in Balapur said the money would be utilised for development of Balapur locality and also for construction of a Ganesha temple.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Suven Life gets patents from US for two NCEs

Suven Life Sciences (Venkat Jasti, CEO) announces that the US Patent Office has issued two Patents: US 7,718,690 and US 7,781,476 corresponding to two new chemical entities (NCEs) for the treatment of disorders associated with Neurodegenerative diseases and these patents are valid until 2022.

The granted claims of the patents include the class of selective 5-HT compounds discovered by Suven and are being developed as therapeutic agents and are useful in the treatment of cognitive impairment associated with neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer`s disease, Attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Huntington`s disease, Parkinson and Schizophrenia .


With these new patents, Suven has total of eight granted US patents on NCEs. These granted patents are exclusive intellectual property of Suven and are achieved through the internal discovery research efforts, products out of these inventions may be out-licensed at various phases of clinical development like at Phase-I or Phase-It.

``We are very pleased by the grant of these patents to Suven by US Patent office for our pipeline of molecules in CNS arena that are being developed for cognitive disorders which has an estimated $30 billion market potential globally,`` says Venkat Jasti, CEO of Suven.

Suven Life Science is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical products, which are first in class or best in class therapies through the use of GPCR targets.

The company has twelve (12) internally-discovered therapeutic drug candidates currently in pre-clinical stage of development targeting conditions such as ADHD, dementia, depression, Huntington`s disease, Parkinson`s disease and obesity in addition to developmental candidate SUVN-502 for Alzheimer`s disease and Schizophrenia.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Narain Karthikeyan racing to NASCAR

Kakarla Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan wants to compete in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series.

Along the way, he wants to co-opt 1.2 billion of his countrymen into following stock-car racing.
Karthikeyan became the first India native to break onto the NASCAR circuit in March when he finished 13th in a Camping World Truck Series event. He'll race again on Sept. 25 in the Smith's Food & Drug Stores 350 in Las Vegas.

"I think that NASCAR has a huge potential market in India, and I feel that I have a great opportunity to introduce India to NASCAR," Karthikeyan said. "I'm pretty confident that the Indian will thoroughly enjoy the excitement, adrenalin-charged atmosphere and sheer bumper-to-bumper racing that is NASCAR."

Karthikeyan shares this vision with the man who offered him the chance to drive stock cars -- rookie owner Miguel Abaroa of Starbeast Motorsports. Abaroa plucked Karthikeyan from the Formula 1 circuit with the ambitious goal of tapping into India's sports culture and going global.

"Not only do we want to build a championship-caliber NASCAR team, but we also want to create a bridge between these two countries," Abaroa said. "We want to bring a new option to people [in India] who follow sports."

But first, Karthikeyan must master the art of stock-car racing, after spending nearly 20 years as an open-wheel driver in Europe and Asia. From the bumping and scraping to looser handling to night racing, it's been, well, a bumpy ride.

"It's taking a bit of getting used to," said Karthikeyan, who also has posted some of his struggles on his
Twitter account. "It's a completely different form of racing."
Inspired by Juan Pablo Montoya, likely the most successful convert from F-1 to stock cars, Karthikeyan says racing is in his blood and the challenges are just potholes. Born in Coimbatore, a city in south India known as the country's cradle of motor sports, his father was a successful open-wheel driver at the regional and national levels.

Karthikeyan began racing on open-wheel circuits when he was 15, eventually becoming the first India-born driver to win a European series championship and to race a Formula 1 vehicle. That success made Karthikeyan a natural choice for Abaroa, who was looking for a pioneer.

"Narain Karthikeyan racing for NASCAR is just one of the many steps being taken to increase its appeal over a wider and more international audience base. He epitomizes the new breed of Indian sportsmen who have the confidence, abilities and skills to compete with the very best in the world." said ESPN network Executive Vice President for Programming Mautik Tolia.

Naren tops for Red Rooster in third round of national rally

Jodhpur, Sep 19 (IANS) Veteran VR Naren Kumar (Kamma guy from Coimbatore and also relative of Narain Karthikeyan) of Red Rooster Racing won the Rally of Rajasthan, the third round of the Speed Indian National Rally Championship, here Sunday and took the lead in the championship standings.

The victory took Naren Kumar's tally to 27, just three ahead of team-mate Vikram Mathias (co-driver PVS Murthy) at the halfway mark of the championship.

Naren Kumar, returning to competitive rallying after a three-season break, was assured of his second consecutive win of the season at the end of Leg-2 Saturday when he led team-mate Amittrajit Ghosh (co-driver Ashwin Naik) by over a minute.

Under the circumstances, Sunday's 1.5 Kms Spectator Special Stage was a mere formality as Naren, in a Group N+ (modified) Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia kept his overnight lead to emerge comfortable winner.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Yugandhar Tammareddy wins The British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) Screen Award


Seven young entrepreneurs from India across the sectors of Design, Music, Fashion, Communication, Visual Arts, Screen, Interactive, Performing Arts and Publishing recently competed with their peers and emerged award winners at the The British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) Awards ceremony in Delhi.

Hyderabad-based Yugandhar Tammareddy was announced as the YCE Screen for 2010. A first generation entrepreneur and aspiring filmmaker he set up Pixelloid to provide animation and visual effects services and training. Motion pictures, commercials, trailers, music videos, corporate presentations, architectural walkthrough projects have utilised Pixelloid’s creative skills in techniques such as matte painting, computer-generated imagery, visual effects and a variety of related processes required in content creation. Currently he designs and supervises visual effects for feature films, maintains client relationships, runs the company, and sets it’s quality standards and processes.
http://www.pixelloid.com/

The Judges citation: Yugandhar is a rare blend of creativity and business acumen that makes for a successful entrepreneur. Animation, graphics and visual special effects are changing the face of entertainment and his business is perfectly placed to exploit this to the fullest.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cethar Vessels Plans To Raise Rs 400 Cr PE

Power Equipment Manufacturer Cethar Vessels (Chairman Mr.K.Subburaj) is looking to raise Rs.400 crore though private equity route.

The funds will be used for the power production by setting up a thermal-based power plant and a solar farm in Tamil Nadu.

Incorporated in 1981, Chennai-based Cethar Vessels Ltd. (Cethar Vessels) is an independent boilers manufacturing company. It is engaged in the designing, developing and manufacturing of a variety of boilers and other electrical equipments. In addition, it also offers services like engineering, re-engineering, retrofitting, supplying, installation and after sales services of small and large-scale boilers, water treatment systems, fuel handling systems, electrical systems and other services.

It will invest around Rs 5,000 crore for setting up the thermal plant of 1,010 MW capacity and a solar farm of 12 Mw in Pudukottai district at a cost of Rs.180 crore.

It is also planning a facility to manufacture turbines for thermal power plants in Tiruchy with an outlay of Rs 1,200 crore. The proposed plant will be set up over the next three years in phases with a total capacity of 4000 Mw.

This year in March, Cethar had signed a MoU with Russia's OJSC Power Machines to manufacture turbines for thermal power plants in India in which OJSC will own the majority stake in the JV.

It would invest another Rs.200 crore to expand the production capacity for boilers, to 12,000 Mw from the current 8,000 Mw which is expected to be completed by end of 2011.

Currently, the company has an orderbook of Rs 5,500 crore.

Cethar Vessels recently secured ‘supercritical technology' (boilers that operate at higher temperatures and pressures and hence more efficient) from Siemens through

Friday, September 17, 2010

Saketh Myneni Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship


INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Saketh Myneni has been awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which was announced last month. Myneni is one of six Southeastern Conference student-athletes to earn an NCAA postgraduate scholarship for spring sports and the only one in the league from men's tennis. He is also the 15th Crimson Tide student-athlete to earn the award in the past 10 years.

"We're extremely proud to have Saketh earn this latest honor," Alabama Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services Jon Dever said. "Five University of Alabama student-athletes were finalists for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and he is one of two to come away with this prestigious accolade. Saketh is extremely dedicated and driven, and I know he has a bright future ahead of him."
Myneni has a current grade point average of 3.805 in finance and economics. The Andhra Pradesh, India, native was named to the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Men's At-Large Third Team and was the 2010 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's tennis.
Myneni was a finalist for the Paul W. Bryant Award, which is given to Alabama's top scholar-athlete, and was awarded an SEC Postgraduate Scholarship. He earned First Team All-SEC honors for the second straight year, and was also named the ITA/Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year for the Southern Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

"I am delighted that Saketh is the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship," Assistant Director of Athletic Student Services Fern Hampton said. "He is one of the hardest working student-athletes I have known."

Myneni closed out his 2010 campaign with a final singles ranking of No. 22 nationally. He collected 21 singles wins on the season, including 11 consecutive before bowing out in the Round of 32 of the 2010 NCAA Men's Singles Championships.

"Saketh's incredible work ethic, character and outgoing personality have made him popular amongst faculty, administrators and students on campus and within the Tuscaloosa community," Hampton added. "He is very deserving of this latest recognition of his achievements."

Scholarships of $7,500 have been given by the NCAA to 29 male and 29 female student-athletes who participated in men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's outdoor track and field, baseball, men's volleyball, softball, women's rowing and women's water polo.

Turning a family recipe into a business

Arobind Velagapudi wasn’t impressed with the bland Indian sauces he found in grocery stores. So he set out to do better.

“I always wanted to do something with food because I loved cooking,” said Velagapudi, an engineer by training who relocated from India to San Diego in 1998. “I thought I could make a better product.”

His Spicy Nothings sauces, slow-cooked and preserved with lime juice or vinegar, are now selling briskly in more than 400 stores around the country.


Velagapudi is part of the specialty food industry that is growing each year even in a tough economy, and San Diego County has plenty of creative entrepreneurs striving for their share of the $50 billion U.S. retail market. Dozens of small, local businesses including Spicy Nothings are selling their products on a national scale, along with a number of tiny companies available only in local outlets.

Velagapudi’s products illustrate one quality that many San Diego-area products have in common: intense flavor.

The proximity of the U.S.-Mexico border and a diverse population of immigrants from Europe and the Middle East have resulted in a variety of eye-popping tastes. From salsa to hot sauce, hummus and spicy barbecue sauce, these food products often feature fresh chilis, spices, onions or garlic.

“It’s a full-time job,” Velagapudi said. “Lots of people keep their day job and try to do something on the side. Believe me, it’s not possible. If you’re trying to do something on this scale, you need to be completely involved in it.”

Velagapudi determined he would need a minimum of $250,000 to set up a small warehouse with equipment and hire three or four employees.

“You could have a company that has its own brand, producing its own product from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., then producing another product in the evening for someone else,” he said.

Velagapudi started producing his sauces using a copacker in Oregon, but said he fired the company when the owner sent along some samples with an “improved” recipe. “I could easily taste the cheap oil in there; I could tell he used precooked onions and tomato paste instead of fresh tomatoes,” he said. After that, he said, he no longer trusted the copacker’s commitment to quality.

He is now using a copacker in Phoenix. Entrepreneurs who decide to outsource production say it frees their time for marketing.

Velagapudi, for example, does his own product demonstrations at Costco. He cold-calls distributors and stores each day and sends them samples of his spinach curry sauce. After just two years, his company is breaking even and he’s optimistic about the future
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

FDA Approves Coolsculpting by Zeltiqtm - Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Procedure; Available from Dr. Suresh Koneru in San Antonio

Dr. Koneru Suresh (Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery) was first to bring this new “cool” approach to San Antonio, Austin and South Central Texas.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Coolsculpting™ device from Zeltiq to help reduce unsightly fat bulges and pads that do not respond to diet and exercise. Dr. Suresh Koneru is the first and only physician in the San Antonio/Austin area to offer this Zeltiq Procedure, a new non-invasive body contouring procedure, at his practice - Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery of San Antonio, Texas.

The cooling technique has been available for nearly a year , but the FDA approval now allows doctors to prescribe it as a medical treatment, which should help this innovative, gentle technique to become more widely accepted. Dr. Koneru, who has an electrical engineering background, conducted extensive research on the science behind Zeltiq; and he is pleased that the FDA reached the same conclusions as he did.


The approval validates Dr. Koneru’s mission to be at the forefront of technology and scientific advancement with safe, effective techniques, making Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery a leading innovator in South Central Texas. Coolsculpting™ is truly unique and there are no comparable FDA approved non-invasive fat reduction treatments. Comprehensive multi-center clinical studies submitted to the FDA proved that Coolsculpting™ does indeed destroy fat cells in the areas treated, giving the patient the advantage of a decrease in fat without surgery. More than 7,000 patients have been treated worldwide.


For those looking for a trimmer physique without the pain and recovery time of surgery, Zeltiq is an advanced, non-invasive, cooling technology that targets and eliminates fat cells without painful needles or incisions. In just a few months, the Zeltiq Procedure reduces abdominal fat, love handles (flanks), or back fat without the pain and recovery time associated with needles, incisions and anesthesia.


“The Zeltiq cooling technology is a more natural approach to fat reduction,” said Dr. Koneru. “I’m glad to see that the FDA agrees that the technique is a medically sound and effective alternative to surgically invasive procedures. My patients love Coolsculpting™ because it is a painless and relaxing way to improve their body shape and appearance.”


Dr. Koneru treats patients at his San Antonio plastic surgery office from San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos, the Rio Grande Valley and other cities in Central and South Texas. The Zeltiq Procedure is comfortable for most patients, and no pain medication is required. While undergoing the procedure, most patients keep themselves occupied by reading, working on a laptop, listening to music, or just relaxing. Also, there is no recovery time after the Zeltiq Procedure and patients usually resume their normal activities the same day, including work and exercise.


Dr. Suresh Koneru is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has been in private practice in San Antonio since 1996. He is fully trained in all aspects of modern plastic and reconstructive surgery, including cosmetic surgery of the face and body, breast surgery (including breast reconstruction, breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction), suction-assisted lipectomy (liposuction), body contouring (tummy tuck, total body lift as well as other procedures after massive weight loss), and laser procedures.


Licensed in Texas, Dr. Koneru is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and is the current President of the San Antonio International Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has been named one of Texas Monthly’s SuperDoctors every year since 2007.

SevenHills Hospital Inaugurated in Mumbai

Out of the 1,500 beds, 300 are for critical care with dedicated ICUs for cardiac, burns, neonates and paediatrics


SevenHills Group was recently inaugurated in Mumbai by President Pratibha Patil. Spread over 17 acres of land at Marol, Andheri, SevenHills Hospital will be one of Asia's largest hospital offering 1,500 beds and modern facilities, with a vision to provide excellent healthcare at an affordable cost to all segments of society. In the first phase, 300 beds will be operationalised. Out of the 1,500 beds, 300 are for critical care with dedicated ICUs for cardiac, burns, neonates and paediatrics. While another 300 beds are reserved for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) patients who can avail services at the same cost offered by other BMC hospitals. SevenHills Hospital has built 120 OPD chambers for consultants, 36 Modular Operation Theatres, four cath labs and 24 dialysis units.

The spacious hospital offers a diverse range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services under one roof. To name a few, there is Internal medicine, paediatrics, ob/gyn, cardiology, nephrology & urology, oncology under medical services. general and laparoscopic surgery, anaesthesiology, ophthamalogy, histopathology, microbiology, haematology and radiology are some of the services under surgical and diagnostic services respectively that can be availed by the needy.

"Our vision is to make affordable and good quality healthcare accessible for all patients. At our facilities, we create a hassle-free environment for patients and their relatives. Hence, we call our Mumbai facility a HealthCity and not just a hospital," said Dr Jitendra Das Maganti, Chairman & Managing Director, SevenHills Hospital.

"With doctors from India and different parts of the world, SevenHills Hospital will have more than 30 specialities. Apart from the above mentioned services, some of the specialities are gastroentrology, neuro-sciences, diabetology, stem cell transplant,reconstructive and cosmetic surgery," said Dr Hemalata Maganti, VP, Medical, SevenHills Hospital.

The hospital would also have a distinctly located wellness centre that would offer various health check-up services. "The reason for a separate wellness centre is to create a comfortable, stress-free environment for our customers who would undergo health check-ups, without having to step into a hospital occupied by patients and stressed relatives," added Dr Hemalata. SevenHills offers 300 residential apartments to its doctors to ensure that medical services are available on a 24/7 basis. The hospital has car parking space for 1,500 vehicles and has an auditorium with a capacity for 350 people. The hospital also plans to conduct courses for students and medical staff to keep them abreast of the latest developments in the medical field. SevenHills Hospital has a built-in electronic medical records system, making it a paperless facility. It also has a pneumatic tube system for tranal records system, making it a paperless facility. It also has a unique pneumatic tube system for transportation of lab samples, medicines, etc across departments and floors within seconds thus reducing the process time.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Daggubati Ramanaidu honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke award


Movie moghul D. Ramanaidu, a veteran producer with 130 films in a dozen languages in five decades, has been conferred the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2009 for rendering outstanding contribution to the world of Indian cinema.

64-year-old Ramanaidu, the legendary and prolific film maker from Andhra Pradesh who has worked with a galaxy of actors, will be presented the honour during the International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa in October, it was announced on Thursday.

The award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl.

Some of the well-known films produced by Ramanaidu in various languages are PremNagar, Dildar, Bandish in Hindi, Srikrishna Tulabharam, Preminchu, Ramudu Bheemudu, Bobbili Raja, Ahana Pellanta, Andhra Vaibhavam, Kathanayakudu in Telugu and Asukh, Sudhu Ekbar Bolo in Bengali.

Born in Karamchedu in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh in 1936, Ramanaidu entered the film world in 1963 with his first film 'Anuragam' followed by the superhit 'Ramudu-Bheemudu' starring legendary actor N.T. Rama Rao in 1964.

Over the last 47 years, he has produced over 130 films in several Indian languages and has found a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

Apart from Telugu films, he has the distinction of producing movies in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi and Bhojpuri.

His film Surigadu was selected for the Indian Panorama in 1993. Asukh, a Bengali film, won the National Award for the Best Film in 1999. Apart from this, his films have been honoured with several awards by the Andhra Pradesh government.

The galaxy of artistes who have worked in his films include N.T. Rama Rao, A. NageswaraRao, Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai, Jamuna, Padmini, Sobhan Babu, Kamal Haasan,Jayaprada, Chiranjeevi, Rajnikanth, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Rekha, Jeetendra andSreedevi.

Ramanaidu has built an envious track record in the film world for having introduced numerous film directors as well as artistes and technicians. Prominent artistes introduced by him include his son Venkatesh, Harish, Vanisri, Aryan Rajesh, Tabu, Khushboo, Allari Naresh and Malasree.

He has also produced a film titled 'Hamari Beti' in Hindi which focuses on how handicapped people can lead a normal life and achieve their goals. The protagonist in the film is a girl who is severely handicapped in real life. This film has been screened in International Film Festivals like Chicago and Venice.

Apart from this, Ramanaidu has set up studios, recording, preview and dubbing theatres and laboratories in Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam.