Sunday, October 31, 2010

KBC 4 – Jwala Gutta to sit on Hot seat of KBC!

Sony TV is garnering a good number of TRPs with its recently launched show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ season 4 as its original host Amitabh Bahchan returned this season. The latest reports suggest that Indian badminton player Jwala Gutta, who was hitting headlines recently for good and bad reasons, is going to be quizzed by Big B on KBC as she on hot seat very soon.

Recently, there was report that the leading ladies of television will take part in a special episode of KBC. Now, there is a buzz that Jwala will be the first sports personality to be quizzed by Big B this season.

A source was quoted saying that recently KBC has shot episodes with some leading sports personalities like Ashwini Ponappa, Leander Paes, Sushil Kumar and S. Sreesanth. During the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, Jwala and Ashwini bagged gold medals for badminton.

NSL Launches its branded apparel Constello

Hyderabad, Oct 30 : NSL Textiles (Mandava Prabhakara Rao, chairman) part of the Hyderabad-based NSL Group, has launched its branded apparel 'Constello' in the market today.

At a glittering function here, Telugu cinema NTR launched the apparel brand.

Beginning with 11 stores in Andhra Pradesh, NSL is planning for a rapid expansion in South, Central and North India. The company aspires to have pan India presence by 2013 with full family experience, which include women's wear and kids wear. NSL textiles seeks to generate Rs 500 crore revenue in branded apparel business.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, NSL Group Mandava Prabhakar Rao said ''Constello will bring the latest international fashion trends to India at daringly honest prices. Our focus is to fill in the gap between what today's ambitious youth wants and what is available in the market. We will see this as an opportunity to cater to this customer segment with the motto- Modern day fashion and Quality at Honest prices''.

Vice-Chairman, NSL Textiles, Mr Giridhar Myneni said ''Paying key attention to design, our clothes are inspired by London and international fashion centers and the trends that evolve from there. Our highly qualified design team will offer innovative designs matched by quality craftsmanship. With advantage of the integration and diversity of NSL Textiles, we have designed and manufactured each garment to perfection; they truly look and feel International. A star is what we want our customers to feel like''.

Constello has four sub brands, Akio, Constello Lounge, Constello Sport and Swashbuckler and in the beginning focuses on Men's market.

Akio is Constello's privilege line offering top end fabrics and design at affordable prices. Constello Lounge offers evening wear.

Constello Sport depicts Sunday dressing with style and versatility.

Swashbuckler is casual wear and denim collection that offers trendy clothes coupled with courage and confidence.

I have been overlooked for the Asian Games: Koneru Humpy

NEW DELHI: India's number one ranked women chess player Koneru Humpy on Saturday alleged that she has been overlooked for the upcoming Asian Games in Guangzhou next month.


A day after the All Indian Chess Federation (AICF) announced that world champion Viswanathan Anand and Koneru Humpy have pulled out of the Asian Games, the winner of two gold medals of 2006 Doha Asian Games, Humpy minced no words in saying that given a chance she would have loved to represent India.

"I have not pulled out of Asian Games but denied an entry. I wish the federation could have shown some respect to international players and their prior engagements," an upset Humpy said.

"Playing for India is always the top most priority and I would have loved to play for country and win a gold medal.

"The Indian Chess Federation wanted me to attend a training camp before the Asian Games but they should have looked at my international commitments and taken my performance into account before rejecting my case," the world number two added.

Humpy, the highest ranked Indian in the world, has an international rating of 2593 points and is behind Judith Polgar of Hungary.

"All my appeals to the federation have fallen flat and that left me really disappointed. What can I do if the parent chess body is not willing to give a chance to the defending champion?

"I have also written to India's sports minister MS Gill but I am yet to get a reply," Humpy said.

Pentela Harikrishna and Dronavalli Harika find place in the Indian Chess Team announced for the Asian Games 2010.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

EVM activist Hari Prasad Vemuru wins prestigious US award

Hari Krishna Prasad Vemuru revealed security flaws in EVMs. Mr. Prasad is the first Indian to receive the prestigious award.

The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a leading civil liberties group, will confer the 2010 Pioneer Award on researcher Hari Prasad, who was recently released on bail after having been jailed for his security work on electronic voting machines.

“Hari Krishna Prasad Vemuru is a security researcher in India who recently revealed security flaws in India's paperless electronic voting machines. He has endured jail time, repeated interrogations, and ongoing political harassment to conduct the first independent security review of India's electronic voting system,” said an EFF statement.

“Prasad spent a year trying to convince election officials to complete such a review, but they insisted that the government-made machines were ‘perfect' and ‘tamperproof.' “Instead of blindly accepting the government's claim, Prasad's international team discovered serious flaws that could alter national election results.

“Prasad hopes to help his country build a transparent and verifiable voting system,” the statement said. The EFF's Pioneer Awards recognise leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier.

First Indian
Mr. Prasad is the first Indian to receive the prestigious award.

The other three winners are transparency activist Steven Aftergood; public domain scholar James Boyle; legal blogger Pamela Jones and the website Groklaw. The award ceremony will be held at 7:30 pm, November 8, at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco.

Awarded every year since 1992, EFF's Pioneer Awards recognize leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier. Past honorees include World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, security expert Bruce Schneier, and the Mozilla Foundation and its chairman Mitchell Baker, among many others.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Padma awardee Kammas (Padma vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma shri)

Padma Vibhushan:
1. Gottipati Brahmayya
2. Dr.Gogineni Ranganayakulu (N.G.Ranga)
3. Dr.Kotha Sachidananda Murthy
4. Dr.Tummala Madhava Rao
5. Dr.Myneni Hari Prasada Rao

Padma Bhushan:
1. Dr.Moturi Satyanarayana
2. Dr.Akkineni Nageswara Rao
3. Kongara Jaggayya
4. Adusumalli Radhakrishna
5. Dr.Ramanujam Varadaraja Perumal (Tamilnadu)
6. Kantipudi Padmanabhayya (IAS)
7. Ghattamaneni Sivarama Krishna

Padma Shri:
1. Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao
2. Dr.Moturi Satyanarayana
3. Akkineni Nageswara Rao
4. Challagulla Narasimham (IAS)
5. Dr.Gadde Rama Koteswara Rao
6. Kalluri Subba Rao
7. Dr.Vadlamudi Venkata Rao
8. Katta Venkataswamy Naidu (Tamilnadu)
9. Dr.Valluri Sita Rama Rao
10. Dr.Nuthakki Bhanu Prasad
11. Dr.Yalavarthy Nayudamma
12. Dr.Govindappa Venkataswamy (Tamilnadu)
13. Dr.Kadiyala Ramachandra Rao
14. Dr.Narla Tata Rao
15. Dr.Sruyadevara Ramachandra Rao (IAS)
16. Dr.Gopalaswamy Govindarajan (Tamilnadu)
17. Dr.Immaneni Sathyamurthy (Tamilnadu)
18. Dr.Kakarla Subba Rao
19. Dr.Idpuganti Venkata Subba Rao
20. Dr.Kota Hari Narayana
21. Dr.Gullapalli Nageswara Rao
22. Dr.Atluri Srimannarayana
23. Dr.Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad
24. Pullela Gopichand
25. Dr.G.Bhaktavatsalam (Tamilnadu)
26. Dr.Namperumal Perumalswamy (Tamilnadu)
27. Koneru Humpy
28. Manchu Mohan Babu
29. Kakarla Narayan Karthikeyan

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Power of Kammas

Power Plants owned/ maintained by Kammas :

1) Lanco Kondapalli Power - (Kondapalli, Krishna) Lanco Group
2) Lanco Green Power Pvt Ltd - (HP, Uttaranchal), Lanco Group
3) Clarion Power Corporation Ltd (Tangutur, Prakasam) - Lanco Group
4) LANCO Amarkantak Power Pvt Ltd (Chhattisgarh) - Lanco Group
5) ABAN Power Company Ltd (Tanjavur-Tamilnadu) - Lanco Group
6) Rithwik Energy Systems Ltd (Srikalahasthi) - Lanco Group
7) LANCO Teesta Hydro Power Pvt Ltd (Sikkim) - Lanco Group
8) Vamshi Hydro Energies Pvt Ltd (HP) - Lanco Group
9) LANCO Anpara Power Pvt Ltd (Uttar Pradesh) - Lanco Group
10) Konaseema Oakwell - MVVS Murthy - - VBC Group
11) Rukmini Karthik Power Alloys & Energy - MVVS Murthy - VBC Group
12) Simhapuri Energy Ltd., (Krishnapatnam, Nellore) - Madhucon

13) Navabharat Power (Khammam and Orissa) Navabharat Group
14) Malaxmi Power (Nellore and Orissa) - Y.Harischandra Prasad - Malaxmi Group
15) Meenakshi Power (Orissa) - Meenakshi Group
16) SCM Sugars & Power - Mandava Prabhakara Rao - Nuziveedu seeds
17) Narayanapur Power Company (Raichur-Karnataka) - Yelamanchili Vasudeva Rao
18) Poweranics (Karnataka) - Myneni Prasad
19) Koganti Power (Sindhanur-Karnataka) - Kognti Satyanarayana
20) Indira Power (Karnataka) - Chitturi Bapineedu
21) Kakatiya Sugars & Power (Khammam) - Kakatiya Group
22) Greensol Energy (Karnatka) - JSR Prasad
23) Koppal Green Power (Gangavathi-Karnataka) - Chandra Mohan
24) Jayalakshmi Powercorp Ltd (Addanki), Jayalakshmi Group
25) KCP Limited (Guntur), KCP Group
26) Greenko Power (Perla Mini Hydel, Shamburi Mini Hydel, Sonna Mini Hydel - Karnataka) Yarlagadda Harish Chandra Prasad, Mahesh kolli - Greenko Group.

27) NCO Budhil Hydero Power Ltd., (Himachal Pradesh) Lanco Group
28) Navayuga Power (Krishnapatnam - Nellore) Navayuga Group
29) NSL Power (Nagapattinam - Tamilnadu) Nuziveedu Seeds Group
30) Indur Green Power ( KInnaur - Himachal Pradesh) NSL Group
31) Demwe Hydroelectric Project (Arunachal Pradesh) Athena Energy Ventures, Tatineni Venkata Krishna
32) Kakarapalli Thermal Power Project (Srikakuklam) East Coast Energy Private Limited Tatineni V Krishna
33) Singhitarai Thermal Power Project (Jangir-Champa , Chattisgarh) Athena Energy Ventures
34) Coconada Thermal Power Project (Komaragiri, East Godavari) Athena Energy Ventures
35) Kynshi Stage-1 Hydroelectric Project (Meghalaya) Athena Infraprojects P. Ltd.,
36) Emra Hydeoelectric Project (Arunachal Pradesh) Athena Energy Ventures
37) Bobba Power Projects (Mannapitlu - Karnataka) Bobba Group
38) Mount Kailash Power Projects (Mullibettu - Karnataka ) Bobba Group
39) Phalguni Power Projects (Kilanjara, Kolavur - Karnataka) Bobba Group
40) Hosangidi power Projects (Hosangidi - Karnataka) Bobba Group
41) RVK Energy (Konkepudi - Krishna Dist) KSK Energy and Infra
42) KVK Bio energy (Champa - Janjgir, Chattisgarh) KSK Energy and Infra
43) Kasaragod Power (Kerala) KSK Energy and Infra
44) RVK Energy (Jegurupadu - Rajahmundry) KSK Energy and Infra
45) KVK Nilachal Power (Orissa) KVK Energy and Infra
46) Nagai Power (Nagapattanam - Tamilnadu) KVK Energy and Infra
47) Sravanthi Energy P. Ltd (Kashipur - Uttarakhand) Sravanthi Group
48) Alfa Infraprop P. Ltd., (Komarada - Vijayanagaram) Sravanthi Group
49) DJ Energy Ltd., (Jaora - Madhya Pradesh) Sravanthi Group
50) HCL Agro Power ( Jaggayyapet) Hemadri cements group
51) Udupi Power Corporation (Udupi, Karnataka) Lanco Group
52) LANCO Mandakini Hydro Energy Pvt Ltd (Uttarakhand) Lanco Group

53) Sujana Power (Tutikorin, Tamilnadu) Sujana Group
54) Madhucon Power (Uttarakhand) Madhucon Group
55) Madhucon Power (Jarkhand) Madhucon Group
56) Madhucon Power, Simhapuri Energy (Arunachal Pradesh) Madhucon group

Saturday, October 23, 2010

NTR fans, TDP protest 'Raktha Charitra'

HYDERABAD: While an uneasy calm prevailed in the faction-ridden Anantapur district, NTR fans, TDP leaders and workers kicked up a furore over Ram Gopal Varma's controversial film `Raktha Charitra' which portrays former chief minister N T Ramarao as a man who encouraged violence. The film was released all over the state on Friday.

The film mainly deals with three-decade-old faction feuds in Anantapur district portraying the violence unleashed by the warlords. While Shatrughan Sinha plays NTR, Vivek Oberoi plays the role of former minister Paritala Ravi, who was allegedly assassinated by hired killer Moddu Seenu. Another character was that of Paritala's arch rival Maddela Cheruvu Suri, who spent several years in jail for his involvement in the Jubilee Hills bomb blast case in which Ravi escaped an attempt on his life.

TDP MLC Y V B Rajendra Prasad was vocal in condemning Varma's attempt to showcase NTR as a man who encouraged violence. "Varma is a sadist. He has no respect for human relations and values. He must delete the scenes that defame NTR and hurt his fans and party workers,'' he said and warned they would take up a stir against the screening of the film if the scenes were not deleted.

"We cannot digest certain dialogues about NTR as he did nothing to encourage factionists when he was CM,'' NTR fans association leader Darapaneni Srinath said. TDP MLA Vallabhaneni Vamsi called the bluff of Varma. "Camera in his hands is like keeping a stone in a mad man's lap,'' he said. Curiously, a majority of TDP activists (read Kammas) in the coastal region enjoyed the film for showcasing Kamma warlord Paritala Ravi in Reddy-dominant Rayalaseema region as a hero.

TDP activists who were livid with the portrayal of NTR in poor light in the film, staged protests in several parts of the state. Though no violent incidents were reported from Krishna, the native district of both NTR and the director, angry fans and party workers ransacked a theatre in Karimnagar, stopped the screening in two theatres in Vizag and tore flexis, cutouts and banners of the film at some places. TDP workers burnt effigies of Varma in Vijayawada, Karimnagar, Anantapur and other areas.

Police lathicharged TDP cadres for staging protests at a theatre in Anantapur and took 30 activists into custody in Srikakulam. Uttarandhra Parirakshana Samithi activists shouted slogans against Varma and demanded an apology from the director for showing NTR as a leader who encouraged factional violence.

Krishna district TDP chief Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said Varma had no right to portray a great leader like NTR in poor light. "We will teach him a lesson when he visits the district,'' he warned.

`Rakta Charitra' -- both in Telugu and Hindi -- was released in 250 theatres across the state. The Tamil version would be released in Tamil Nadu later. The movie in Telugu and Hindi is being made in two parts. The second part would be released on Nov. 19.

Paritala Ravi's widow Paritala Sunita, MLA and TDP leader, and Suri, a Congress leader now, and their followers and close aides did not react. Curiously, Varma who boasted that he would watch the film sitting among the audience in Anantapur, developed cold feet and did not turn up.

Earlier, in the wake of threat calls and protests by several organisations and political parties, police maintained tight vigil at all the three theatres in Anantapur where the cinema was exhibited. The film could not be shown in Penukonda and Dharmavaram as the film reels did not reach in time, while it got delayed in Hindupur. The film could not be released in eight theatres in the district.
Published in Times of India

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Surya Yalamanchili Paves Path For Progressives: Only Major Federal Candidate Rejecting PAC Donations

Few serious observers of American politics would claim that corporate interests are underrepresented in the halls of Congress. After all, over the past two years alone, corporate special interests have spent hundreds of millions of dollars weakening health care legislation, undermining financial reform, stalling a climate change bill, and eviscerating the expansion of workers’ rights. Many of these same corporate interests are continuing to spend millions during the run up to the election, often hiding their donations behind front groups with innocuous sounding names like Americans For Job Security.

One candidate for federal office is taking the battle against these big corporate interests into his own hands. Surya Yalamanchili — a former Apprentice contestant who, as ThinkProgress previously noted, faced attacks during his primary that someone with his name can’t win — is the Democratic nominee for Congress to take on Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) in Ohio’s 2nd district. Yalamanchili is running his campaign without taking a dime from Political Action Committees (PACs), which are “organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates,” and are often vehicles for corporate special interests. He is the only major candidate — defined here as anyone raising more than $100,000 — for federal office who is running without help from PACs, other than Connecticut’s GOP US Senate Linda McMahon, who is self-financing her election with tens of millions of dollars of her personal wealth. That means Yalamanchili is the only major candidate running for federal office who is both refusing to take PAC money and not financing his campaign out of his personal wealth.

Of course, standing on principle puts Yalamanchili at a significant financial disadvantage against his opponent Schmidt. Thanks to the deep pockets of special interests such as the American Bankers Association and Citigroup, Schmidt raised more funds from PAC money through September 30th than Yalamanchili has from individual donors. The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets website illustrates the funding advantage that his opponent has:
Yet Yalamanchili does not regret standing up for the principle of clean elections. In an interview with ThinkProgress, the candidate told us, “Every politician running for office agrees on the need for reform in the financing of our elections. But nothing ever happens because these same politicians were elected through abusing that very process. I chose to turn away all special interest money because it’s the right thing to do on principle, it will allow me to work only for the people, and because I want to show future candidates a viable path to victory without selling out.”

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

UAE firm in Indonesia rail deal

Dubai Oct 19: Construction of a 140-kilometre railway in Indonesia, initiated by RAK Minerals and Metals Investments (RMMI) will start next March, a top official said.

"This is part of our $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) investment plan in which India's state-owned National Aluminium Co (Nalco) will invest $4 billion to build a 500,000-tonne luminium smelter and power plant in East Kalimantan," Madhu Koneru, Managing Director of RMMI and Executive Vice Chairman of MEC Holdings, told in an interview.

The first phase of the development programme will involve the commissioning of a 17 million metric tonnes per annum (mmta) coal transportation and handling facility by 2012, while the civil and track work will be completed for a 60 mmta capacity.

MEC Holdings, the venture overseeing all of Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai-based Trimex's Indonesian projects, is investing $1 billion to build the railway and associated facilities on Indonesia's part of Borneo island.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bharat biotech launches India's first Swine flu vaccine

HYDERABAD 18 October: Bharat Biotech, (Krishna Ella, Chairman & Managing director) a city-based biotechnology firm, today announced the launch of India's first indigenously developed cell culture H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine under the brand name HNVAC.

HNVAC, is manufactured using cell culture technology, a complex process by which cells are grown under controlled conditions, the company said in a release.
The vaccine is tested extensively in one of the largest Phase I, II and III clinical trials for flu vaccines in India and has proved that it is safe and well tolerated, it said.

Bharat Biotech's Chairman and Managing Director, Dr Krishna Ella said the company is proud to have developed and offered this vaccine with the best USFDA recommended cell culture technology for Indian consumers.

"While there's certainly widespread and growing concern around H1N1, there are number of people, who did not get a flu shot last year. Our goal right now is to make the flu vaccine easily accessible and at affordable cost to high risk groups," he said.

He said the company has been exploring ways in which Bharat Biotech can assist consumers and government agencies throughout this and subsequent flu season to get HNVAC flu shot.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sir Edpuganti Raghavendra Rao: Second Kamma Chief Minister, Governor General

It is the peculiar trait of Kammas that they raise to their full stature out side their linguistic boundaries. We have the example of Sri. Edpuganti Raghavendra Rao in Madhya Pradesh, then known as Central Provinces and berar. He was the second Kamma Chief Minister after Bollini Munuswamy Naidu (CM - Composite Madras State)

Residents of the region, watered by Krishna in Andhra Pradesh are Intelligent, industrious and enterprising. Ammanna the paternal grandfather of Raghavendra Rao, a well to do ryot in Pedamaddali of Krishna district became a contractor in the erstwhile Central Provinces and prospered. Leaving his son Naganna to look after his business there, he returned to the native Village. Naganna acquired buildings, sites and lands at Kamptee and Bilaspur and also accumulated considerable cash. Edpuganti Raghavendra Rao was born as his only son on August 4, 1889.

Living in Hindi speaking area, he learnt Telugu and Sanskrit through a private tutor. In the school, he was far a head of others in Hindi and other subjects. After Matriculation, he studied at Allahabad and Nagapur. He sailed for England in 1909 to study Bar-at-Law. With his withlord reading, the then Governor General, and saw that the erring officer was punished. Realising the futility of continued non- cooperation, he decided to accept office and successfully held the posts of Chief Minister, Home member and Acting Governor under diarchy with credit and distinction.

It is remarkable that he participated in the boycott of Simon Commission while holding office. In 1932 he sponsored the Agricultural Debt Relief Act – first of it’s kind in India. As an administrator and diplomat, he was on a par with Raja of Panagal of Madras Presidency and Fazil Hussain of Punjab. He was an adept in hurling devastating pharsed like political alcoholism, dissolute pretenders of truth and non-violence, serpentine politics and psychic domination of monkish forces. It is no exaggeration to say that the moral fervor of Gladstone, ruthless efficiency of Curzon, tumultuous energy of Fox, intellectual ability and aristocratic detachment of Balfour, artistic temperament of Roserberry, personal and political courage of Churchill, diplomatic ability and personal elegance of Anthony Eden were present in him in admirable proportions.

When some army personnel misbehaved by setting fire to a village, as home member, he brought them to book, in spite of pressure from higher-ups, and got them prosecuted. When a European Officer proceeded to Simla to participate in a conference with out the previous permission, he recalled him by wire while the Office was still in the way. He moved on terms of equality with stalwarts like Harisingh Gour, B.S.Moojee, Tambe, D.P.Mishra, Ravi Sankar Shukla and others.

When the Congress party contested elections for the provincial legislature in 1937 under the government of India Act of 1935 and got massive majority, he stood as an independent and defeated the Congress candidate to the surprise of all parties. On the initial refusal of the Congress Party to form the ministry, failing to get assurance regarding the use of special powers, he stepped in and formed the interim ministry to carry on the administration. Later he declined the offer of Dewanship in the premier States of Indore and Jaipur. But he accepted the membership of ‘Secretary of States’ India Council in 1939 to exert his weight in favour of Constitutional reforms. In unison with his Muslim colleague, he used to twist his English colleague saying that in the Indian Council, only they two ere Indians while the rest were Anglo-Indians. Ultimately he became a member of the Viceroy’s Executive council in the latter part of 1941 and held the portfolio of civil defence.

When Sir Stafford Cripps came to India with his proposals, he demanded handling over of defence to Indians completely. He criticized Cripps for meeting Indian leaders individually and telling different persons different things. He frankly advised him to meet Indian leaders and concerned officials collectively to arrive at an agreement. Though he was a teetotaler and a non-smoker with simple habits, he used to entertain European and Indian guests lavishly.

He supported the claim of Andhras for a separate province. While he was in India office at London, Rajaji as Premier of Madras, while forwarding the resolution of the legislature favouring the formation of the Andhra Province, warned in the covering letter that the implementation of the resolution would lead to bloodshed in Madras. Raghavendra Rao conveyed the contents to Prakasam through Dr.S.Radhakrishnan, who was then a Professor at Oxford. Prakasam revealed this duplicity of Rajaji in the open session of Andhra Mahasabha held at Visakhapatnam in 1941. Subsequent denial by Rajaji did not carry conviction.

As a believer in prohibition, during his regime under diarchy, he introduced total prohibition in a district as a precursor. He was responsible for location of High Court, Central College for Women and Police school at Nagpur. He founded Gondwana club for the elite among the Indians, as the Central Provinces club was not open to Indians. He was scholarly by disposition and a great lover of books. His personal library was the finest, which was subsequently donated to Nagpur University.

He passed away on June 15, 1942, at the age of 52. His portrait was unveiled by M.R.Jayakar in the premises of Andhra Maha Sabha at Madras. A high school at Pedamaddali and a college at Gudlavalleru, a hostel in the Loyola college in Vijayawada and a public hall, Post Graduate Science College and State Library at Bilaspur bear his name. There is a professorial chair in politics at Nagapur University to perpetuate his memory.

His combined statesmanship, administrative ability, sincerity, resourcefulness and patriotism to a degree is rare in our public life. He was a realist as well as pragmatist. Though a careerist, he was without pelf, since he liquidated considerable portion of his paternal property in the process. He never compromised on the issue of self-respect, much less ever let down the interests of the country. If he were alive in free India, with his exceptional capacity, rich experience, ripe wisdom and sound judgment, he could have held positions of responsibility and trust and also of opportunity and honour with eminence and distinction, rendering yeoman service to the country.

‘Prasthanam’ selected for Indian Panorama

‘Prasthanam’ directed by Deva Katta and produced by Ravi Vallabhaneni on the banner of VRC Media and Entertainments with Sharwanand Myneni and Ruby Parihar in the lead was selected for the Indian Panorama.

The film would be first screened in the International Film Festival of India 2010 to be held between November 23 and December 2 at Goa. The inauguration of Indian Panorama would be on 23rd November, 2010.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Parupalli Kashyap wins bronze for India in badminton

NEW DELHI: India's Parupalli Kashyap defeated compatriot Chetan Anand to win a bronze in the badminton singles event of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

Sixth seed Kashyap, who was playing in his first Commonwealth Games, survived a scar in the second game to scrap past third seed Chetan 21-15, 21-18 in the third place play off at the Siri Fort sport complex.

In the first game, Kashyap led 11-7 as Chetan suffered a series of unforced errors to allow Kashyap swell his lead before pocketing it comfortably.

In the second game, Chetan came back strongly and was leading 11-6 but soon he started faltering at the nets and mistakes of the first game against started to haunt him as Kashyap clawed back at 16-16 and then moved ahead 18-16.
A net dribble and a half smash took Kashyap to 20-18 and it was all over for Chetan after he hit the net as the 24-year-old burst into tears of joy amid the boisterous crowd who backed him all along.

"I am very happy to win this medal. I dedicate my win to my coach Bhaskar Babu and Gopichand and also to all the staff and supporters who have helped me in my career," Kashyap said after the match.

Kashyap said his semifinal loss to Rajiv Ouseph played on his mind and troubled him a lot but he was happy he could exorcise those thoughts and win on Wednesday.

"I have lost so many tournaments from winning positions. It happened in the Vietnam Open, Singapore Open and also in the Asian Championship in 2009 when I lost to Bao Chunlai after leading. It is a horrible feeling. So the thought of losing the semifinal kept troubling me last night," he said.

"Even today I was thinking about it but I told myself I won't commit the same mistakes. So I kept pushing the shuttle behind and it worked. If I would have done even half of what I did today, I could have won it yesterday," he added.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Dr.NAMPERUMALSAMY – THE VISIONARY OF THE BLINDS

Perumalsamy Namperumalsamy is an Indian ophthalmologist who specializes in diabetic retinopathy. He is also a a retina-vitreous expert. Namperumalsamy is currently the chairman of Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. He is known for bringing assembly-line efficiency to eye surgery. In 2010, TIME magazine named Namperumalsamy one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Dr. Namperumalsamy has always been aware of the public health issues plaguing his native country. After graduating with a medical degree from the University of Madras in 1963, he decided to continue his studies to specialize in ophthalmology. Upon receiving his master’s degree in 1970, he left his native country temporarily to acquire the necessary training in the field that had become his passion.
After his studies, Dr. Namperumalsamy went to the United States to refine his skills in various highly specialized areas of ophthalmology and then taught in several institutions in North America and India. In 1971, he opened his first eye care facility for visually impaired Indians and joined the team of his brother-in-law, Dr. Venkataswamy, at the Aravind Eye Hospital where he is now president.

Under the chairmanship of Namperumalsamy, Aravind Eye Hospital, received the 2010 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, which is awarded annually to an organization that does extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering.

A postgraduate fellow of the University of Illinois, Chicago, Namperumalsamy started the India’s first Low Vision Aid Centre at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai in 1971. He is currently the chairman of Aravind Eye Hospital. Namperumalsamy is a reciepient of Padma Shri Award from the Government of India.

AWARDS & HONORS
“RUSTOM RANJI ORATION GOLD MEDAL” by Andhra State Ophthalmic Conference “CLOSED VITRECTOMY”, October 1982.
Dr. P. SIVA REDDY ORATION GOLD MEDAL, RECENT CONCEPTS on AETIOLOGY and MANAGEMENT in EALES DISEASE All India Ophthalmological Conference Kanpur in 1986.
Dr.JOSEPH GNANADICKAM MEMORIAL GOLD MEDAL ORATION RHEGMATOGENOUS RETINAL DETACHMENT MANAGEMENT Madras State Ophthalmic Association Conference Pondicherry 1986.
“PARASNATH SINHA GOLD MEDAL ORATION” on PRESENT STATUSof PARS PLANA SURGERY at Bihar Ophthalmological Society and Third Eastern Zone Ophthalmological Conference, Patna 1987.
“C.S. RESHMI AWARD” for BEST VIDEO FILM PRESENTATION at the 46th All India Ophthalmological Conference, Bombay 1988.
PADMABHUSHAN DR.P.SIVA REDDYS ENDOWNMENT BEST TEACHER AWARD on 12th September 1998 at Hyderabad by the Andhra Pradesh Academic Sciences.
MOST OUTSTANDING RETINAL SURGEON OF THE MILLENNIUM presented by the Executive Committee of “Eye Advance 2000″, Bombay, September 2000.
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES of PROCTOR FOUNDATION – recognized by Proctor Foundation, USA.
Award for DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO HUMANITY – by Tamilnadu Senior Citizens & Pensioners Welfare Association II State Conference, Coimbatore, May 2002.
DR.R.V.RAJAM ORATION AWARD – on “DIABETIC RETINOPATHY- AN EMERGING PROBLEM IN INDIA” at the 43rd Annual Conference of National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) at Jaipur, April 2004.

In less time than it takes to read this magazine, a simple surgery can give a blind person her eyesight back.

A miracle? Absolutely. But Dr. Perumalsamy Namperumalsamy, 70, and his army of cataract fixers at India’s Aravind Eye Care Hospitals make it look easy. The surgery has been around for decades, but the chairman of Aravind Eye Hospital which was founded in 1976 with the goal of bringing assembly-line efficiency to health care, figured out how to replace cataracts safely and quickly: 3.6 million surgeries to date, a new one every 15 minutes.

Equally brilliant is the business model: the 30% of patients who can afford to pay subsidize free or low-cost care for the 70% who are poor. “All people have a right to sight,” Namperumalsamy says. As I write these words after a long day spent in the slums in India, I cannot tell you how much admiration I have for him and his team. I’ll say he is the right person to give sight for the blind.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Amma Lines in Rs.6,000 cr port plan

Amma Lines Ltd, (Meka Vijay Papa Rao, chairman and Managing Director) the flagship company of the Mumbai-based Meka Group, is planning to set up a Rs 6,000 crore deep sea port in West Bengal under a joint venture with the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC).

The proposed port would be set up over 3,000 acres at Rosulpur in East Midnapore district. The project will provide direct employment to 1,000 people.

Amma Lines chairman & managing director Vijay Papa Rao met the WBIDC managing director Subrata Gupta and the state industry secretary Dipankar Mukhopadhyay recently and gave the proposal for setting up the deep sea port, in two phases. Rao said as per the proposal, Amma Lines will have 74% stake in the joint venture, while the West Bengal government will hold the remaining 26% through WBIDC.

A memorandum of understanding will be signed between Amma Lines and WBIDC next month, following which the company will submit a detailed project report to WBIDC.

As per the initial agreement, WBIDC will enter into a long-term lease pact with Amma Lines for setting up the deep sea port project.

In the first phase, the draft length of the proosed port would be 12 metres and it will have four berths, two each for handling containerised and bulk cargo.

In the second stage, the draft would be increased to 17 metres and it will have 10 additional berths.

The state industry secretary ruled out the possibility over any trouble for getting land for the project, as there no requirement for land acquisition.

Amma Lines has technical expertise through which the land will be available from the reclamation process, he said.

“The entire 3,000 acre plot would be set up by the land and silt collected through the land reclamation process. There is also a proposal to connect the port both through rail and road to the sub-divisional town of Contai.”

Jwala Gutta, Ashwini win gold for India at CWG

New Delhi, Oct 14: Indian duo Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Sari Shinta Mulia and Yao Lei of Singapore to grab the badminton women's doubles gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

The second seeded pair, Jwala and Ashwini overpowered the top seeded Singaporean duo 21-16, 21-19 on Thursday, Oct 14 to pocket the 37th gold for India.

Getting past the initial nervousness and struggle, the Indian badminton beauties clinched the first game 21-16. The second game, as the score shows, was a closely-fought one but did not seem to deter Jwala and Ashwini from their final destination - the winner pedestal.

With this emphatic victory, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa etched their names in the history books as the athletes who won the first badminton women's doubles gold for India.

Sharath, Saha create history in TT

On Wednesday, India's No. 1 paddler Achantha Sharath Kamal, cried for two reasons — in the morning, on losing his title and, in the evening, for creating history. Sharath's eyes were filled with tears as he failed to defend his singles title at the Games after losing the semifinal. But, as evening approached, things began to fall in place. Sharath and teammate Subhajit Saha became the first Indian pair to clinch gold in doubles. With the delirious crowd cheering the Indians as the national anthem played, Sharath burst into tears again.

The duo downed Singapore's dreaded duo of Gao Ming and Yang Zi 9-11, 12-10, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8. Grinning from ear to ear, the champion said, “Thankfully we got gold. I can stop weeping now. I couldn't even practice properly before the match as each time I played a shot, the points I lost in the singles came back to haunt me.”

The Indian pair went all out against Singapore. The loss of the first game by two points did not affect their play as they went on to win the second game 12-10. “Saha supported me throughout as I was a little down because of the loss in the morning,” said Sharath, still holding his medal close to his heart. “By the second game, I got into the groove and started hitting hard.”

The third one was a cracker. Cushioned by a 7-0 lead, the duo forced the Singaporeans into making errors, especially at the net, eventually taking the game 12-10.

It was a neck-and-neck fight until 8-8 when Saha broke the Singaporeans’ service to go a point up and held on to his service to pick up the last two points and wrap up the proceedings.

“Even after losing a couple of points towards the end of the game, we didn't try to defend. We went all out for the kill and didn't lax at any point in time,” said Sharath.

Earlier, Sharath lost to Singapore’s Yang Zi 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 9-11.


7seas Entertainment Bags “2010 International Stevie Business Award” 3rd Consecutive Year


For the 3rd year in a row, 7Seas Entertainment Limited, (Lingamaneni Maruti Sankar, Managing Director) a Hyderabad-based independent IP-based games developing company, has bagged the '2010 International Stevie Business Award' in the Creative and Media award category for Best Website design for its free online gaming portal www.onlinerealgames.com. It has bagged the same Stevie Business award in the years 2008 and 2009 in the same category.

Nicknamed the Stevie (crowned in Greek), the award is presented to Mr.L.Maruthi Shanker, managing director of the company at the Seventh Annual International Business Awards function held in Istanbul,Turkey.

Recipients of International Stevie Award trophies were selected from more than 1,700 entries received from organizations and individuals in more than 40 countries worldwide. Rory J.cowan, Chairman and CEO of Lionbridge, is the honorary chairperson for all International Business Awards (IBA) judging in 2010.

"We are delighted to hit hatrick by winning such prestigious International Business Awards for our online gaming portal www.onlinerealgames.com. This recognition encourages us to continue building valuable assets in Gaming," said Mr.Maruthi Shanker,Managing Director 7Seas Entertainment Limited.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Broadcom To Pay $316 Million For 4G Chip Maker Beceem

IRVINE, Calif., Oct 13, 2010: Broadcom Corp. announced it will pay $316 million to acquire a closely held provider of fourth-generation semiconductors used to help power products for both the LTE and WiMax networks.

Broadcom--whose chips are used to power Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPad as well as to send data in cellphones, home networks and across wireless infrastructure--has been reporting strong revenue growth on demand for electronic devices.

Buying Beceem Communications Inc. (Surendra Babu Mandava, CEO & founder) gives Broadcom the ability "to accelerate the market availability" of integrated, low-cost 4G devices, Broadcom said.

"When combined with Broadcom's 2G and 3G cellular solutions and broader wired and wireless communications portfolio, our 4G products will enable operators to roll out next generation wireless broadband solutions while providing support for existing networks," said Beceem Chief Executive Surendra Babu Mandava.

Clearwire Inc. (CLWR) is operating a 4G network in the U.S. and Verizon Wireless anticipates its system handling users next year.

Broadcom expects the deal to not impact its bottom line next year, excluding deal-related charges. The purchase should close around year end.
About Beceem
Beceem is the leading provider of 4G semiconductors and offers a number of single-chip solutions optimized for mobile devices and wireless broadband markets. Beceem's products are WiMAX certified, power the CLEAR and NOQ networks in the United States and are validated against WiMAX base stations from all major OEMs.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wedding bells for Sindhura Gadde

HYDERABAD: Telugu model and actress Sindhura Gadde has only acted in a handful of films. According to sources, she is all set to tie the knot with Jonanthan Ward, a New Zealander.

The Miss India World 2005, who studied in New Zealand, is quite popular in fashion circles there.

One thing’s for sure, her wedding will be a glittery one. In addition to her local friends, Tinsel townies like Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Kothari, among others will attend the wedding in New Zealand.

And that’s not all the 26-year-old has to look forward to. She is currently awaiting the release of her next Telugu film, 'Killer'.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Rajshreepathy: The sugar lady

Rajshree Pathy, is an eminent entrepreneur from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. She is the Chairperson and Managing Director of the Rajshree Group of Companies. The Rajshree group has varied interests - Food and Agro business, Energy, Real Estate, Travel, Health and Hospitality and Arts. She also promotes performing arts and contemporary art movement in Coimbatore through the Contemplate Art Gallery and COCCA.

Background
Rajshree Pathy is the daughter of famous industrialist Shri G. Varadaraj, of PSG Families engaged in Charities and Educational Institutions for more than a century. Her father was also a former Rajya Sabha MP. She is married to S.Pathy, Chairman & Managing director of Lakshmi Mills.

Company
Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals Ltd. is a company with interests across integrated fields such as Sugar, Distillery, Power Co-Generation and Biotechnology. The range of products include White Crystal Sugar, Alcohol, Organic Manure, Bio-products and Power. A speciality Demerara Sugar is marketed under the brand name RSCL Sugar Brown. RSCL with its Corporate office in Coimbatore, has three modern sugar-manufacturing units located in Tamil Nadu one at Varadaraj Nagar, Theni District, the second at Mundiampakkam, Villupuram District and the third at Gingee, Villupuram District. RSCL also has a Sugar factory located at Zaheerabad, Medak District in Andhra Pradesh.

Activities
Rajshree Pathy inherited her father's business, following his death in 1992. She has been looking after the business since then.

Awards and Recognition
In 1996, Rajshree Pathy received the Global Leaders of Tomorrow recognition from the World Economic Forum, Davos (Switzerland). She was awarded the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship in 2000. She has been the President of Indian Sugar Mills Association from 2004 to 2005. She was the Chairperson of CII National Committee on Textiles from 1996 to 1999.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Raju Narisetti: "We should not be gatekeepers, but gateopeners,"

Hamburg, 8 October: Raju Narisetti, the managing editor of the Washington Post presented his vision of the sustainable model of multimedia newsrooms at the 17th World Editors Forum in Hamburg, Germany.

He believes that the future of newsrooms is undoubtedly digital, and that newspapers should aggregate quality news from external sources and integrate this for their traditional readers.

"We should not be gatekeepers, but gateopeners," Narisetti said. "When people come to our site they expect a certain quality of content. So the content we aggregate has to be good," he added.

However, Narisetti noted that the idea of making news pure online is "a little bit false". He reminded the audience of the still huge circulations of the daily newspapers in the US. Speaking about new online media organisations, Narisetti claimed that "they give people what they want, sometimes even more". According to him, this can lead to irresponsibility of online journalists and bloggers that traditional journalism can't afford. Narisetti called it "the low cost of making mistakes." Nevertheless, he pointed out that the importance of the web-projects is in engaging readers.

Narisetti believes in paid online content. "We didn't give away content at the Wall Street Journal [he worked there for some years] and I don't think we should." He hopes to change the fact that the Post's website is free "sooner rather than later."

Moves to charge for content by News Corp and the New York Times will speed up the general trend towards paying online, Narisetti believes. "We need to charge them for something and that something has to have value for which they are willing to pay," he added.

When asked about changes in everyday morning conferences and the coordination of digital and print editions, Narisetti replied that the 10am editorial meeting is more formal than others during the day. Beginning with the discussion about trends in the website, the editorial work switches to the content of the paper edition.
With regards to sub/copy editors, Narisetti admitted that "I think it's an area we've cut a little too much." The Washington Post's cutting of editors attracted much media attention following some significant errors in articles.
He emphasized the increasing role of Facebook for news. "It is the place where I want our journalism to be - where the people are."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sundaram Karivardhan: A Legend in Indian Motorsports


Sundaram Karivardhan or short Kari (June 20, 1954 Coimbatore, India–August 24, 1995 in the same town) was a legendary figure of Indian motorsports. Apart from being a successful formula car racer, was also a designer and constructor of several formula cars, his most famous design being the Formula Maruti open wheeled race car. His low cost cars helped other racers, notably Narain Karthikeyan, Karun Chandhok, and Armaan Ebrahim, to their entry into motorsports. A wealthy industrialist, he was later killed in an air crash, aged 41.


Sundaram Karivardhan was born on 20 June 1954 in Coimbatore to noted Indian freedom fighter G.K.Sundaram from the Lakshmi Mills textile family. He did his schooling in Coimbatore and after graduating in mechanical engineering from PSG College of Technology, he completed his master of science at the UCLA, Los Angeles.

One of his early complete in-house designs was the 300 BHP Formula Monoposto based on the Formula Atlantic Chevron B40 model nicknamed “Black Beauty”. But until the late 80's, motorsports was only for wealthy drivers. In an effort to make racing more affordable in India and improve grassroots level racing he designed and tested a small single seater, dubbed as India's Formula Ford, with a Maruti 800 engine, and adapting easily available parts, sometimes made in-house. His second design was a two seater car named McDowell 1000 using a Maruti Gypsy 1.0 liter engine.

FISSME (Formula India Single Seater Maruti Engine) widely known as formula Maruti was launched in 1988 in Chennai's Park Sheraton just before the annual Grand Prix races in MMSC track. Notable drivers taking part in the inaugural race were J. Anand, Akbar Ibhrahim and R. Gopinath, all of them would later become national champions in Formula 3. The inaugural race was won by Akbar Ibhrahim.

Later years saw drivers like Narain Karthikeyan, Karun Chandhok, Armaan Ebrahim and other future national champions making their debut races in a Formula Maruti series, until the class was discontinued from the mainstream championship in 2006. Still these cars race in junior championship, and are the most affordable open wheeled formula cars in the world costing not more than US$ 300 for a single race.

Kari entered in very few rallies, among them the Karnataka K-1000 in Bangalore. He later launched the JK Rally team in 1992, when JK Tyres wanted to enter into rallying which was previously dominated by MRF Tyres. In the 1990 season he spotted a young Hari Singh from Chandigargh taking part in the Coimbatore Rally and, seeing his talent, offered him to tune his car, enabling him to win the Indian Championship title 5 times. During the early 90's he quickly converted all Maruti Gypsy Rally cars to fuel injection when tuned chips gained popularity.

Kari's racing team was Super Speeds, and the main sponsor was Lakshmi Mills. The early cars had a white and blue body shell which was later switched to black and gold. The company that built his cars was P&B Engineering. J. Anand and N. Leela Krishnan were some of the notable drivers from his team before the duo switched to rival Team MRF.

Kari was interested in many areas of mechanics, and that included his interest in aviation as his family owned a Cessna airplane. In 1989 he started a small manufacturing plant near Coimbatore to manufacture Power Gilders using a Yezdi 250cc motorcycle engine, later a Rotax engine. He would often test his gliders flying to the Ooty Mountains, Dindigul, Kovilpatti, or Kayattar near Tirunelveli. The small airstrip in Coimbatore later became the Kari Motor Speedway.

In the early 90's he was promoted to be the Managing Director of Lakshmi Mills and held this key management position in several of his group companies. Also he ventured into new areas like development of aerators for prawn breeding. One of his other earliest ventures was to manufacture small farm tractors. During the early 90's he purchased rights from a British based kit car manufacturer to build replica models of the Ford GT40, using a Ford Cosworth, Lotus 7, and AC Cobra. But before commencing production he died in an aircraft crash in Coimbatore.

He died on 24 August 1995 while flying a Puspak trainers aircraft. The purpose of flying was to log some additional flying time as required to retain his flying license. The accident was widely mourned by the racing scene. He was about to make a full mark in the automobile scenario and his last press interview was with Car and Bike magazine and BBC Motor Show programme days before his crash.
His demise almost created a vacuum in Indian Motorsports with dwindling crowds in the Chennai track and after the 1997 season made the MMSC scrap the All India Grand Prix Meet altogether. In 2002 his long-time friend and co-racer B. Vijaykumar stepped in to build and launch Formula LGB and Formula Rolon race cars and also constructed a race track in his hometown which is a major motorsports hub.

Widely known as a gentleman racer, his unselfish ways and dedication to the development of Indian motorsports attracted many new talents into Motorsports. Kari also earned admiration from several quarters more for his character than his racing talents. Though born in one of Coimbatore's wealthiest families, Kari was easily approachable by several people irrespective of social barriers. Kari was nevertheless considered a unique man with his soft-spoken nature and publicity shy nature. He was good in spotting new talents and training them to become professionals like Akbar Ibhrahim and five time national Rallying Champion Hari Singh. Kari's Team Super Speeds later became a Limited Company now a part of L. G. Balakrishnan Brothers and today has a motorsports division which constructs the Formula LGB and Formula Rolon cars.

The race track in Coimbatore is named after Karivardhan (Kari Motor Speedway), and in Karamadai in Coimbatore an Industrial Training school is named after him. Some of his former employees have their garages named in his honour. His Intended Caterham based car was named Kari 65 in his honour with 65 being his racing number.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lakshmi Machine Works forays into China

Coimbatore, October 6: The Coimbatore-based textile machinery manufacturer Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd (LMW) made its foray into Chinese textile machinery market with the launch of ring frame by its wholly-owned subsidiary LMW Textile Machinery (Suzhou) Co Ltd, China, on last Wednesday at a function held in Shanghai.

Mr M.K. Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, launched LMW's ring frame in the presence of Mr Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu, Managing Director, LMW, Mr S. Balachandran, Consul, Consulate General of India to China and Mr Du, Deputy Director of Wujiang Economic Development Zone.

Mr Jayavarthanavelu said his company supplied the entire range of textile machinery to set up a spinning mill and was confident that the new machine launched in China would meet customers' expectations, according to a release from Mr K.Soundhar Rajhan, Chairman of LMW's China subsidiary.

Nava Bharat Ventures ranked 1 among India midsize enterprise

Nava Bharat Ventures Limited ( Devineni Ashok, Chairman) has topped a list of 500 of India's best performing midsize enterprises in a survey published by Inc India magazine in its September-October 2010 issue.

The Delhi edition of the Mint newspaper carried a feature on Top 100 companies that were part of this survey on September 22nd 2010.

The survey and the magazine ranked the Companies based on parameters including Revenue growth, Net Income growth, Profitability and Returns.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ethiopia: Karuturi Exports to Reach One Billion USD

October 5, 2010 -- Karaturi Global Limited, India’s largest private investment company in Ethiopia, is expecting to generate USD one billion in export revenues, according to the Reporter. The amount (which is half of the country’s export income of the previous year) is expected to be earned from the 311,000 hectares that it will be cultivating in Ethiopia, Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi, founder and managing director of the Indian conglomerate told The Reporter.
The company acquired about 300,000 hectares of land in Gambela region where it will cultivate maize, rice, palm and sugarcane while it received the balance around Holeta area for a rose farm project, according to Karuturi.

The Indian conglomerate, which received the largest farmland allotted for investment project in Ethiopia, is finalizing negotiation with the Exim Bank of India which gave it the green light to raise a USD 180 million for the USD1.4 billion ambitious project the company is set to launch. The total amount of land the company took is about six times the size of Addis Ababa.

“The bank is willing to provide us a USD 50 million guarantee to raise a USD 180 million for the project,” Karuturi told The Reporter. “We will be raising the balance from various financial institutions to realize our project.”

UNK men’s doubles team Yeswanth Nadella and Josh Raymond advances to nationals

KEARNEY, October 5: The University of Nebraska at Kearney doubles team of Yeswanth Nadella and Josh Raymond won the USTA/ITA Central Regional Sunday and will advance to the National Small College Championships Oct. 14-17 in Mobile, Ala.

They are the second UNK players to win the regional. In 2007, William Jacome won the singles regional title and finished sixth at the national meet.

Nadella, from Andhra Pradesh, India, and Raymond, from Elkhorn defeated Western New Mexico’s Henning Thrien and Yair Banuelos, 8-1, in the finals of the three-day tournament played at Harmon Park.

Thrien and Banuelos were the top seeds in the bracket and each had advanced to the singles semifinals. Banuelos, the No. 1 seed, lost to Metro State’s Lucio Cangiano in the singles finals, 4-6, 7-5, 12-10.

Nadella and Raymond went 4-0 in the tournament.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Kamma MLAs and Ministers in Tamilnadu Assembly

List of MLA's in the present Tamilnadu Assembly :
1. Arcot Veeraswamy (Anna Nagar/Chennai - DMK)
2. B.Ranganadhan (Villivakkam/Chennai - DMK)
3. D.Sudarsanam (Punamallee/ Kanchipuram - Cong-I)
4. K.Gopinath (Hosur - Cong-I)
5. Korrapati S Vijayakumar (Gummadipundi/Chennai Suburban - AIADMK)
6. L.Radha Krishnan (Kovilpatti - AIADMK)
7. K.Pandurangan (Anicut/Vellore - AIADMK)
8. R.Gnanadoss (Sivakasi - MDMK)
9. Chinaswamy (Singanalluru - AIADMK)
10. AV Velu (Thandarambattu - DMK)


Kamma Ministers in the present Tamilnadu Assembly:
1. Arcot N. Veerasamy, Minister for Electricity and Rural Industries
2. AV Velu : Minister for Food

Sunday, October 3, 2010

D.Sudarsanam: Tamil Politician, 4 times MLA

D. Sudarsanam Born on April 6, 1943 in Panruti, Sriperambur taluq, Kanchipuram district was an Tamilnadu politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu.

He was elected to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly from Poonamallee constituency as an Indian National Congress candidate in 1991 election, and as a Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar) candidate in 1996 election.

He supported G. K. Moopanar when he split from Indian National Congress to form Tamil Maanila Congress. He was made the Treasurer of the party. He was elected from Tiruvallur constituency as a Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar) candidate in 2001 election. He remained with TMC till its merger with Congress.

He was elected as an Indian National Congress candidate in 2006 election. He served as the Leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) after the 2006 election.
He died of multiple organ failure in a hospital in Coimbatore on 26 June 2010. He became ill and was admitted to the hospital while attending the 2010 world Tamil conference. He is survived by one daughter and three sons. His wife Prema died ten years ago.

He established Dharma Naidu Educational & Charitable Trust on his father's name and started S.A. Engineering College in Chennai in the year 1988.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

3 Kamma billionaires in the Forbes India Rich list

According to the Forbes India Rich List, there are 69 billionaires this year, compared to 52 last year.

Rank - 29; Lagadapati Madhusudhan Rao ($2.3 Billion)
Chairs infrastructure group Lanco. Net profits at flagship Lanco Infratech surged 68% to $42 million in latest quarter, as it increased power generation capacity four-fold to 2000 megawatts. Has secured $1.5 billion funding for a new 1,320 megawatts power plant in eastern India. Established Singapore arm in Singapore with view to developing power projects in emerging markets. Is partnering Indonesian miner Bukit Asam to bid for a power project in that country. Plans to get into solar energy in a big way in Europe and the US. Older brother L. Rajagopal is a member of parliament.
Rank - 59; B G Raghupathy ($1.13 billion)
One-time marketing executive, now maker of equipment for thermal power plants. His BGR Energy Systems has completed over 150 contracts in 45 countries including Germany, Australia, Iraq, Oman and Malaysia. It has orders in hand of $2 billion, including one for supplying gas processing equipment for gas fields in Iraq. Recently signed two separate joint ventures with Japan's Hitachi and Germany's Hitachi Power Europe to build steam turbines and generators for thermal power plants. Revenues and profits at BGR have more than doubled in past two years. Wife Sasikala sits on board.

Rank - 60; Murali Divi ($1.12 billion)
His 20 year-old generics firm Divis Laboratories does custom manufacturing for big pharma companies and derives over 90% of revenues from exports. Hit by global slowdown but recovering. Sales up in latest quarter after 20% fall last fiscal. It is investing $42 million in a special economic zone. Youngest of 12 siblings, was one-time partner of pharma tycoon K. Anji Reddy (No. 64) before striking out on his own in 1990. Shunned patent-busting to making generic versions of off-patent drugs. Son Kiran looks after business development.