Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Natco medicine gets 'Orphan Drug' status

Hyderabad March 29, 2011,

Natco Pharma’s (V C Nannapaneni, Chairman & MD) anti-cancer drug, NRC-AN-019, has received ‘Orphan Drug’ designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for three indications — glioma (brain tumour), pancreatic cancer and chronic myelogenous leukemia.

“It is for the first time that an Indian company’s drug is designated as orphan drug by the USFDA for three indications,Natco said in a statement today.

Orphan drug designation is given by the USFDA for rare diseases that affect less than 200,000 patients in the USA. Since the market for drugs intended to treat rare diseases is small, the USFDA extends special incentives to companies involved in the discovery and development of such drugs.

The incentives, according to the Hyderabad-based company, include a seven-year marketing exclusivity, specific tax credits and waiver of prescription drug user fee, which is about $1.5 million per indication. Special grants and benefits to defray the costs of clinical research on orphan drugs may also be extended. Besides, these drugs may be eligible for a fast-track approval process, facilitating early market launch.

Natco said it was close to completing the Phase-I clinical trials of the new chemical entity in India. It has plans for further clinical trials in the US and other countries.

The drug had been granted patents in nine countries, including the US, and the patents in Canada, Europe and Japan were expected shortly, Natco said.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dr. Srikanth Cherukuri develops high-quality and low-cost hearing aid

Chicago: Hearing impairment is a very common ailment. In milder cases, the impairment goes unnoticed. But continuous neglect of hearing impairment leads to serious hearing loss. Hearing loss, if remains untreated, progressively increases. Surgery is one option, but not for most cases of age-related hearing loss. Also in some cases of hearing loss, a surgery cannot be performed. That is why doctors recommend the use of hearing aid if a person is diagnosed with hearing loss. Because of the high cost of hearing aids prevailing in the market, most patients with hearing impairment do not buy them and suffer silently.

But now there is a hope for such patients. Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri, a Chicago-based otolaryngologist, who is an expert in treating hearing loss, has created a very high- quality and sensitive hearing aid with an affordable cost that has raised hope for all middle and low-income patients with hearing loss.

In an interview Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri, who is an expert in treating ear, nose and throat ailments, says that he has come across many patients, who are hard of hearing, also hard of buying a hearing aid. “I feel, as a physician, I want all my patients to be able to get the best treatment. While rich patients could buy their hearing aids, after being diagnosed for hearing loss, some poor and middle class patients still remained without being fitted with hearing aids because of their high price tags. I used to feel sorry for them. Such a situation is painful for me. Some inexpensive ones that are available in the market are not efficient and not worth the cost.” Therefore, he says, he has researched for several years and created a very high quality hearing aid that could be affordable by all low and middle income groups. At less than $200 per piece, he says that his MDHearing Aid is of high quality and affordable.

To help every patient — whether one is rich or poor — with hearing impairment, he created a high-quality hearing aid — Acoustitone PRO — and floated a company called. MDHearing Aid.

The MDHearing Aid devices are designed to provide the millions of people with hearing difficulty, a low-cost alternative to expensive hearing aids. They are among the very few FDA-registered and cleared medical-grade hearing aids below $200. They have been extensively evaluated by several board-certified Otologists and audiologists, including faculty at the Michigan Ear Institute and Henry Ford Health System, who feel that the sound quality is remarkable given the low cost.

Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri says Acoustitone PRO hearing aid sits comfortably and is hidden behind the ear. It comes with various sized ear tips so it can fit most ears. And if a more personal fit is required or desired, the Acoustitone PRO hearing aid can be fit with a custom ear mold. While the battery life of expensive hearing aids is limited to a couple of days, the battery life of Acoustitone PRO hearing aid is very long covering more than three weeks. “A pack of 10 batteries at an approximate cost about $10 can cover almost a year.

For customer service and for customer satisfaction, he says, Acoustitone PRO hearing aid will be replaced or a refund will be provided if a patient does not think it is the best hearing aid under $200. The Acoustitone PRO hearing aid comes with a detailed manual.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

7Seas Entertainment Bags FICCI-BAF 2011 Award

7Seas Entertainment Limited (Lingamaneni Maruti Sankar, Managing Director) has bagged the prestigious FICCI-BAF (Best of Animation Frames) award for its 'The Dark Man' game under the 'Best Online Game' category.

The Dark Man, an online game developed by 7Seas enhances concentration and logical thinking of the gamers. The game is available at online gaming portal
7Seas' online game 'Mouse Maze' had bagged the FICCI-BAF award under the 'Best Online Game' category for 2008.

The award was received by Mr.Lingamaneni Maruti Sanker - MD of 7Seas Entertainment at the 2 day FICCI FRAMES-2011 event that concluded on March 24, 2011. FICCI (BAF)-2011 awards had received 400 entries in 15 categories from 10 countries.

Pranjala Yadlapalli & Nidhi Surapaneni bags CLTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament Under -12 singles and doubles title

Chandigarh, March 25: Girls Under-12 (Singles) Pranjala Yadlapalli (AP) bt Snehal Umesh Mane (MAH) 6-0, 6-1 won the CLTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament title.

Girls Under -12 (Doubles): Nidhi Surapani (AP) and Pranjala Yadlapalli (AP) bt Prabhuti Singhania (MAH) and Victoria Chahal (HAR) 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the title.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lanco turns biggest private power firm

Lanco Infratech, (Lagadapati Madhusudhana Rao, Chairman) with interests in power generation, construction, infrastructure and property development, said that it has emerged the largest independent power producer in India with an installed capacity of 3,292 mw.

The company has achieved this through synchronising the 600 mw unit of Lanco Anpara Power, a special purpose vehicle implementing the power project of 1,200 mw in two tranches in Uttar Pradesh.

Lanco Infratech now has 5,953 mw of power projects under various stages of construction and 4,470 mw of power projects under development. Anpara is a pithead project with coal-mines 25 km away with an existing system of transportation of coal in railway wagons.

Lanco group executive chairman L Madhusudhan Rao said the synchronisation of Anpara’s 600 mw unit proves the company’s capabilities to execute projects “no matter how hard the challenges are.”

Rao said the company has grown its installed capacity to 3,292 mw from 500 mw in three years. “Going forward this gives us more confidence to achieve an operating capacity of 15,000 mw by 2015, which is in line with our vision,” he said.

Lanco has commercially added some 1,045 mw in 2010-11 alone, thereby increasing the operating capacity by 101 per cent year on year. It has recently synchronised 600 mw of Udupi-2 though commercial operation is expected to start in second quarter of next financial year on account of delay in transmission line set up.

While Kondapalli continues to face gas supply issues from KG D6 and Gail, the commercial operations date for Budhil Hydro (70 mw) has been delayed by six months and now expected to start in second quarter of next financial year.

Sairam Atluri placed in the list: 70 of the Best Pain Management Physicians in America

Sairam Atluri, MD (Tri-State Spine Care, Cincinnati). Dr. Atluri is the director of the Tri-State Spine Care Institute in Cincinnati and has served as vice president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He was the primary author of the ASIPP guidelines for opioid use in chronic pain and a secondary author of the guidelines for interventional therapy for low back pain. He is also a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice from the World Institute of Pain and author of a pain management textbook. In addition to his practice, Dr. Atluri has published on the screening for opioid abuse in chronic pain and presented his research at the annual meeting for the American Pain Society. Dr. Atluri has been named one of Cincinnati Magazine's top physicians. Dr. Atluri earned his medical degree from Osmania Medical College in India and completed his residency at Cincinnati's University Hospital in anesthesia and pain management.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chaithra Katamneni: winner of 2010 NTPGA Tour Championship

Dallas, TEXAS: CMSN 8th grade student Chaithra Katamneni won the North Texas PGA (NTPGA) Tour Championship for 2010. This 2-day golf tournament was held at Stonebridge Country Club in McKinney, Texas. Chaithra scored 76 and 73 to win by 6 strokes under her nearest competitor. After 7 months of competition in various tournaments during 2010, the top players from East, West and North Texas had to qualify and then be invited to play in this prestigious tournament. Chaithra is 13 years old and is the youngest winner to have won the 15-18 year old girls division in this championship’s history.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bharatstudent Announces Integration with Facebook, (Venkat Meenavalli, Chairman and MD) India’s largest student and youth community platform joined forces with the number one social network in the world- Facebook.

It recently announced a platform integration with Facebook as an effort to double their user base by the end of this year. Users will be able to access a lot more features on with their Facebook account linked to the site.

Here is a list of things users can do on after signing in via their Facebook account:

* Get recommendations for videos, photos and articles @ ‘BS Like Box’
* Check daily horoscope
* Make free online international calls
* Get access to Indian and study abroad information
* Find mock tests for various competitive examinations
* Check examination results
* Access to live cricket score boards
* Read film news and reviews of 6 regional languages
* Listen to live radio also uses Artificial Intelligence to add relevant updates in the Bharat Student “Like Box” based on specific user interest. The integration with Facebook Social Plugins allows users to “Like” and “Comment” on a variety of content on It also automatically updates on the users’ profile, creating a network effect as friends and friends of friends would come to know about the service too.

Mr. Venkat Meenavalli, promoter of said “Facebook is a global giant and has become the definitive way for people across the world to connect. With over 15 million users in India, Facebook has gained a cult status in the Indian market. We are extremely proud to be associated with Facebook and believe that this integration will further enhance the user experience for our subscribers. It is an evident course of action to provide the users a larger platform of knowledge and exchange of ideas. With this integration we look forward to assist and reach out to double our user base by the year end.”

We have seen how businesses use Facebook to their advantage by building their brand presence on the social network. Bharastudent’s Facebook integration has shown new ways of using Facebook to one’s advantage. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Facebook would be agreeable to work with any brands for such integration partnerships.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Padma Priya Kasukurthi: Mysore Medical College Topper

Dr Padma Priya Kasukurti emerged topper of the Mysore Medical College in biochemistry, pharmacology, community medicine, otorhinolaryngology, general surgery and paediatrics. She was adjudged the best outgoing student of the batch and also given the Ashok memorial award.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jayadev Galla has been elected CII-AP Chairman

Amara Raja Batteries Ltd and Galla Foods Ltd managing director Jayadev Galla has been elected the new chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)'s Andhra Pradesh council for the year 2011 - 2012. Galla, who was CII-AP vice-chairman for 2010-11, takes over takes over from ADP Pvt Ltd managing director Shakti Sagar. Bharat Biotech co-founder and joint managing director Suchitra K Ella has been elected vice-chairperson.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Kendra Sahitya Akademy award winners (9)

1. Tripuraneni. Gopichand
Panditha Paramshwara Sastry Veelunama (Novel) - 1963

2. Thummala Seetharamamurthy
Mahatma Katha (Poetry) - 1969

3. Narla Venkateswara Rao
Seeta Josyam (Play) - 1981

4. Aluri Bairagi Chowdary
Aagama Geeti (Poetry) -1984

5. Ki. Rajanarayanan
Gopallapurathu Makkal (Tamil -Novel) - 1991

6. Chekuri Ramarao
Smriti Kinankam (Essays) - 2002

7. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad
Draupadi (Novel) - 2010

8. Volga (Popuri Lalitha Kumari)
Vimukta (Stories) - 2015

9. Papineni SivaSankar
Rajanigandha (Poetry) - 2016

Kalaprapurna Awardees (Kammas)

1.Sri Tummala Seetharam Murthy - 1969 
2.Sri Konadveeti Vemkatakavi - 1971 
3.Sri Vadlamudi Gopalakrishnayya - 1971 
4.Sri Narla Venkateswara Rao - 1972
5.Sri Kongara Jaggayya
6.Sri Kotha Satyanarayana Chowdary - 1974 

7.Dr. Arekapudi. Ramesh Chowadary - 1977 
8.Dr. Moturi Satyanarayana - 1977
9.Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao - 1977
10.Sri Gottepati Brahmayya - 1977
11.Sri Paidi Lakshmayya - 1977
12.Sri Mullapudi Thimmaraju - 1977
13.Sri Ravuri Venkata Satyanarayana - 1978
14.N. T. Rama Rao - 1978 
15.Sri Mikkilinenei Radhakrishna Murthy - 1982 
16.Pandit Gopadev - 1984
17.Sri L.V. Prasad - 1985
18.Sri Kosaraju Raghavaiah Chowdary - 1985
19.Sri, Inturi Venkateswara Rao - 1985
20.Prof. Kotha. Satchidananda Murthy - 1986.
21.Dr. Tripuraneni Venkateswara Rao - 1990
22.Sri.V.B.Rajendra Prasad - 1997
23.Sri. Ghattamaneni Krishna - 2008

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Koneru Humpy wins FIDE Grand Prix

Doha: Top seed Koneru Humpy earned the right to challenge world women's champion Hou Yifan of China after winning the FIDE Women Grand Prix at Doha on Saturday.

Humpy tied with Elina Danielian of Armenia in the 11-round event on points but her better tiebreak (SB) score helped her clinch the first place.

The Indian scored two crucial wins, against Lilit Mkrtchian of Armenia in the penultimate round and then beat Zhu Chen of Qatar to edge out the Armenian, who had lost to the Indian in their meeting. Humpy and Danielian logged eight points each.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Kamma Vice Chancellors

Kamma Vice-Chancellors (Past)
Nagarjuna University:
1. Dr.Kommareddi Raja Ramamohana Rao
2. Dr.Chitturi Veera Raghavulu
3. Dr.Davuluri Rama Kotaiah

Andhra University:
1. Dr.Vasireddi Sri Krishna
2. Dr.Koneru Rama Krishna Rao
3. Dr.Avula Sambasiva Rao

University of Hyderabad :
1. Dr.Kota Harinarayana

Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University:
1. Dr.Alapati Appa Rao
2. Dr.Idpuganti Venkata Subba Rao

Telugu University:
1. Dr.Tumati Donappa
2. Dr.Avula Manjulatha

Kakatiya University:
1. Dr.Y. Vaikuntham

Krishna University:
Vunnam Venkaiah

Sri Krishnadevara University:
1. Dr.P.R.Naidu

Sri Venkateswara University:
1. Dr.Kotha Sachidananda Murthy
2. Dr.Poluri Murali

Ambedkar Open University :
1. Dr.Vasireddy Siva Linga Prasad

Anna University - Tamilnadu :
1. Dr. E. Balagurusamy

Bharatiar University - Tamilnadu :
1. Dr.A.Subbian (First Vice-Chancellor)

Madras University - (Tamilnadu):
1. Dr.G.R. Damodaran

Bangalore University - (Karnataka):
1. Dr.Santhappa

Hinidi University/ Agra:
1. Dr.Moturi Satyanarayana

J.N.T.U/ Delhi:
1. Dr.Yalavarthi Nayudamma:

Banaras Hindu University :
1. Dr.Pacha Ramachandra Rao

Indira Gandhi National Open University :
1. Dr.Vasireddy Siva Linga Prasad (Pro Vice-Chancellor)

Defence Institute of Advanced Technology
1. Dr.Pacha Ramachandra Rao

UGC .Chairmans:
1. Dr.Kotha Sachidananda Murthy (Vice-Chairman)
2. Dr.Vasireddi Sri Krishna

Friday, March 4, 2011

Championships could run in family for Tummala siblings

Phoenix, AZ: Shilpa Tummala idolized her older brother Sai Tummala. Whatever he did, she wanted to do.

So when Sai started playing basketball as a kid, Shilpa took up the game. Soon, their hobby became a passion, the years passed and they became neighbors in high school, Shilpa at Phoenix St. Mary's and Sai at Phoenix Brophy College Preparatory.

Today, the Tummalas' shared love of the game could turn into a dual championship celebration.

St. Mary's advanced to the Class 5A Division I title game with an easy 71-42 victory over Phoenix Xavier, and Brophy will play in the final boys' game of the year after dispatching Mesa High and Arizona State-bound point guard Jahii Carson, 96-82.

"We talked about this," Sai said. "It just shows how much we worked and the effort we put in. It's important to the family."

We'll get back to Brophy and the Tummalas in a moment, but one final word about Carson:

His 58 points Thursday may have been the greatest individual performance I've seen from a high school basketball player. Call Carson a ball hog if you want - he took 38 shots, the rest of the team 22 - but his scoring was the only thing that kept Mesa somewhat close through three quarters.

Carson would have flown by 60 had he not fouled out with 1:35 remaining after getting an offensive foul and then throwing the ball at the official in frustration.

"We said, 'We'll let him score but just don't let anybody else contribute,' " Sai said.

The strategy worked. Carson got his career high but Mesa never had a chance.

Brophy, meanwhile, has a chance to bring home the school's first basketball title. It reached the state championship game twice, in 1986 and 2001, only to lose both times.

Brophy coach Tony Fuller downplayed the prospects of the school finally winning some basketball hardware. With a laugh, he said, "We've won so many state championships at Brophy. One state championship doesn't mean a lot."

Ah, but the first one always does.

This Brophy team may not have a player with Carson's skills, but it's well coached and the kids know their roles. They had four players score in double figures Thursday and 21 assists on their 29 field goals. To put that in perspective, Mesa had six assists on its 33 buckets.

Sai Tummala was a big reason for Brophy's dominance. The senior forward had 17 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 8 of 11 from the field. Like everything else about Brophy, he's understated on the court but effective.

Sai laughed when he recalled Shilpa following him around as kids. Sometimes, she would leave her kindergarten class and walk over to his class just to be near him.

The Tummalas are competitive but not to the point that their relationship has suffered for it.

Shilpa will admit her older brother is a "really good player but put us on a boy to girl level, and I think I'm better."

Sai's response?

"It's definitely not her."

Shilpa has yet to beat her brother one-on-one but given he's 6-foot-7 with long arms, that's understandable. So is this: Would he ever hear the end of it if you did beat him?

"No," she said with a smile.

For now, though, their sibling rivalry is on hold. They both have more pressing matters:

Winning a state championship for their school.

"I want the best for him, and he wants the best for me," Shilpa said.

Both of their wishes may soon come true.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

NSL to raise Rs 250 crore PE fund for power biz

NSL Power Limited, part of the city-based over Rs 1,500-crore NSL (Nuziveedu Seeds Limited) Group, is looking at raising a Rs 250-crore private equity (PE) fund to fuel its thermal and renewable energy capacity expansion, said chairman and managing director Mandava Prabhakar Rao.

“We are in discussion with five domestic PE companies who are keen to invest in our energy business. We expect the deal to crystalise by the end of this calendar year,” he told.

NSL Power has about 100-megawatt (Mw) wind power capacity in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It is planning to set up wind farms with a capacity of 400Mw in various parts of the country, besides three hydro power plants with 155-Mw capacity in Himachal Pradesh. In all, the company has projects in the pipeline for additional capacity of 1,675 Mw.

On the group’s flagship company Nuziveedu Seeds, Rao said the company was setting up seed processing plants – one each in Gujarat, Orissa and at Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh – involving an investment of Rs 100 crore. Nuziveedu Seeds, which was established in 1973, currently has processing units in Hyderabad, Medak, Mahabubnagar and Rangareddy districts with a total capacity of 70 tonne per hour.

To be funded through internal accruals, the new plants will have a processing capacity of 20 tonne per hour, and will be fully operational by the end of this month, he said, adding the company at present enjoyed a 10 per cent share of the Rs 7,000-crore seeds market (both public and private) in the country, which it wanted to double in the next five years.

Rao said Nuziveedu Seeds expected revenues of Rs 650 crore this financial year, as against Rs 500 crore last fiscal. “We are targeting to achieve revenues of Rs 1,000 crore in the next financial year as we are aiming at selling 10 million packets of cotton seeds, besides increasing sales of our vegetable seeds like corn and rice,” he said.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Premalatha may hold key to TN polls

Chennai: She may not be known outside Tamil Nadu, but it is Premalatha (Kamma)(DMDK youth wing secretary L. K. Sudhish—he is also the all-powerful brother-in-law of Vijayakanth) who may influence the outcome of the coming Tamil Nadu assembly elections. As DMK and AIADMK prepare for the poll battle, the role of the wife of `Captain` Vijayakanth (Gavara) who heads the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) has become crucial. Premalatha is a huge influence on the politics of Vijayakanth, and is the reason why the actor-turned politician is tilting towards having a partnership with Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK.

DMDK has emerged as a balancing factor, having polled around 10% votes in the last LS polls when Vijayakanth decided not to be part of either of the two alliances. In the process, analysts feel, he helped DMK by taking away votes that were arrayed against the ruling combine.

Dr. Suresh Koneru Introduces the Ulthera® System, the First Non-invasive Facelift and Neck Lift Procedure

San Antonio, TX (February 28, 2011 : Dr. Suresh Koneru is pleased to be the first in San Antonio to offer a new brow lift, face lift and neck lift procedure Ultherapy. This non-invasive technology uses the imaging and capabilities of medical ultrasound to lift and tighten sagging facial and neck skin without surgery. Just as ultrasound is used to image internal organs and babies, it can now be used to image the layers of skin, fat, and muscle in the face and neck. Dr. Koneru can then focus the ultrasound energy on the appropriate layers to get a lift of the skin and muscle without any incisions.

As people age, their skin loses its natural elasticity causing the brow line to fall thus making the eyes look smaller. The skin of the cheeks and neck begins to sag causing jowls and deep creases. While the well-known techniques of Botox, fillers and laser therapy still do a great job of making the surface of the skin look smoother and more youthful, surgery has been the only effective option to tighten tissues for brow lifts, face lifts and neck lifts.

This ultrasound technique creates a whole new opportunity to get firmer, younger looking skin for patients who do not want to have a surgical lift, said Dr. Koneru. With the Ulthera® system, my patients now have an option to make a real difference in their looks and self confidence without the risks and downtime associated with traditional surgical procedures.

One of the added benefits from this 30-60 minute procedure is the creation of new collagen. Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin a firmer, healthier appearance. With only one Ultherapy treatment, patients will see noticeable results in the skins appearance. No significant preparation is needed for this non-invasive plastic surgery procedure and no downtime or recovery time is required. The Ulthera system is the first energy-based device cleared by the FDA with an indication for lift.

Dr. Suresh Koneru treats patients in San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Laredo and other cities in Central and South Texas. He offers non-invasive plastic surgery and conventional surgical procedures for brow lifts, face lifts and neck lifts, as well as other cosmetic procedures. With his background in Electrical Engineering, Dr. Koneru is uniquely qualified to pioneer the use of this technology in San Antonio and South Texas.

About Dr. Koneru
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, belt lipectomy, post massive weight loss surgery), and laser procedures.

Licensed in Texas, Dr. Koneru is the immediate Past President of the San Antonio International Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has been named one of Texas Monthlys SuperDoctors, Scene in S.A. Monthlys Top Doctors, and Americas Top Plastic Surgeons by Consumers Research Council of America.