Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vote for Vasuki Sunkavalli Miss Universe

You can vote ten times per email address per day until the 11th of september. she wil need all your support.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Karuturi Global Plans $500 Million Investment in Tanzania Food Production

Karuturi Global Ltd. (KARG), the world’s largest rose grower, may invest as much as $500 million in food production and processing in Tanzania as it expands operations in East Africa.

The company plans to lease land to grow palm oil, sugar cane and cereals in Tanzania, to add to land it has acquired in Ethiopia where it already grows the same crops, Managing Director Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi said in an interview. Karuturi is currently visiting Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia as part of a delegation of 35 Indian investors who are considering investing $2.5 billion in the three countries, he said.

“There is huge potential for the agriculture sector in East Africa,” Karuturi said. “The region has 120 million hectares (297 million acres) of arable land, the same size of arable land in India.”

Companies from India are boosting economic ties with Africa amid competition from China, its regional rival, whose trade with the continent totaled $106.8 billion in 2008, according to Consultancy Africa Intelligence’s website. Trade between India and Africa currently stands at $50 billion, according to the African Union.

Karuturi Global’s investment in Tanzania will “mainly come from our internal resources,” Karuturi said, without providing further details. The company is seeking 200,000 hectares of land for palm oil, 150,000 hectares for cereals and 20,000 hectares for sugarcane, he said.

Quiznos opens first store in India

USA based Quiznos, one of the Sub Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) chains with over 4000 stores in over 35 countries, has entered the Indian market in a franchise model with Apollo Elixirs. The quick service restaurant chain plans to open 10 stores in India by the end of the year, in the cities of Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, and 30 by the end of 2012.

Lee Vala, international chief development officer, Quiznos, USA said that after its success in Central and South America, Quiznos plans to grow the brand’s international footprint to more than 40 countries and territories, with target markets in Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia in the next few years. He confirmed that the restaurant chain has already appointed a franchisee for North and West India.

Speaking on the occasion, Mohit Mathur, CEO, Quiznos India, said: “We will offer 30 products to our customers through these chain of restaurants. Our range of products start from Rs. 50 for a Sammi and will go upto Rs. 325/- for Premium Sandwich. We have two kinds of restaurants viz Special Venue Restaurants(SVR) and Full restaurant. SVR kind of restaurants are set up Malls. We even plan to set up outlets in educational institutions where students strength is above 10,000.”

Arjun Valluri, chairman of Apollo Elixirs, said that Quiznos has signed a master franchise agreement with Apollo Elixirs for Southern India, Goa and Sri Lanka. The first flagship store of Quiznos in India is all set to open in Film Nagar, Hyderabad followed by the next two opening in September at Inorbit Mall, Gachibowli and Infosys, Pocharam campus. He also informed that upto ten outlets will open in Hyderabad in next one year.

In its 30th year, USA-based Quiznos is an international chain with over 4000 stores in over 35 countries. Its restaurants offer recipes for sandwiches, soups and salads. CNN Money ranked toasty sub pioneer Quiznos as the No. 2 most popular franchise of the past decade in 2010.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Munirathna Naidu wins by a big margin

Well known film producer Munirathna Naidu who is also a corporator for the Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike is the new President of the Kannada Film Producer Association. He has won the recently held elections for the KFPA held on Sunday afternoon with a big margin of 78 votes beating his nearest rival Ba.Ma.Harish.

It is also his team of supporters like A.Ganesh and Soorappa Babu who have won the elections for the posts of Vice President and Secretary beating their rivals. There was a unanimous choice for the post of Joint Secretary, Treasurer and eight executive committee, after the other contestants withdrew their candidature in time.

The elections were held under the supervision of K.V.Chandrashekhar, Former President of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, Mars Suresh, Former Vice President of the KFCC, Narayana Reddy, former Treasurer and veteran producer-director K.V. Gupta who was also the former President of KFCC. More than 210 producers casted their votes in this election and there was an all around interest generated in the film industry, media about the contest.

Ba.Ma. Harish who is famous for making news in channels because of his closeness to the media projected himself as a strong candidate and was trounced by a big margin. He got only 53 votes, but the low key contestant like B.R.Keshava who had contested for the post of Secretary managed to get nearly 86 votes against Soorappa Babu.

Munirathna thanked the producers for electing his team and said that he will ensure smooth functioning of the association with the help of many elders who have run this organisation. "My first priority is to protect the interests of the producers. I will not hesitate to step down if even one person in the orgnisation genuinely feels that I have not worked for their benefit. The producers can spell out a problems to me by just writing a personal letter to the association or even by just telephoning me. I am sure to address their grievances," said Munirathna.

The victory of Munirathna in the Kannada film producers association elections which was held after a gap of 27 years clearly has enthused big time producers like Ravichandran, Dwarakish and many others. "The real work of Producers association will start now. There was no concrete work done in past' noted Actor and Producer Ravichandran. Veteran Dwarkish said that he has high hopes on the leadership of Munirathna who has the necessary skills to execute things in favour of Kannada film producers.

Gutta Jwala-Ashwini make history at Wembley

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa etched their names in history books on Friday when they became the first Indian pair to ensure a medal at the World Badminton Championships.

The Commonwealth Games gold medallists defeated 12th seeds Vita Marrisa and Nadya Melati of Indonesia 17-21, 21-10, 21-17 to storm into the women's doubles semifinal in London on Friday, thereby ensuring at least a bronze.

Jwala and Ashwini's performance also ended India's 28-year medal drought in the flagship event.

India's only other medal in the championship came in 1983 when Prakash Padukone bagged the men's singles bronze in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The unseeded pair removed the gloom in the India camp after the loss of Saina Nehwal earlier in the day.

The world number 21 pair began on a slow note and played catch up through the first set. But the late charge in the opener gave them the confidence to go on the attack.

"Jwala was fantastic with her service and net play, while the opposition had no answer to Ashwini's smashes," chief national coach, Pullela Gopi Chand, told.

Jwala and Ashwini had created a buzz with a straight sets hammering of second seeds Wen Hsing Cheng and Yu Chin Chien of the Chinese Taipei in the second round.

"That victory gave us the confidence that we could match the best in the world," said Jwala.

On Thursday, they rallied from a set down to beat 11th seeds Lok Yan Poon and Ying Suet Tse of Hong Kong to come within whispering distance of a medal.

They will now face fifth seeds Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao of China for a berth in the final.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

USA Cricket: Anand Tummala find place in 14-man squad named for Canada tour

The USA Cricket Association has announced the 14 players who will be leaving on Wednesday for Toronto to play in three Twenty20 matches beginning on August 11 against Afghanistan, Canada and Trinidad & Tobago as well as a two-day match against Canada.
Anand Tummala, Amir Nanjee, Charan Singh, George Adams, Stuart Mills and Hussain Haidar will all be making their debuts for USA. Jignesh Desai, who last played for USA at the 2006 ICC Americas Division One in Canada, has been recalled at the age of 37 and named captain of the squad while Andy Mohammed gets his second opportunity at the senior level after debuting against Jamaica last year.

Anand Tummala-USA's Next ALL-ROUNDER?

Currently representing the North Atlanta Cricket Club in the Atlanta Georgia Cricket Conference 2011 with an unbelievable batting average of 197.00 (388 runs including two unbeaten centuries) and superb bowling average of 8.2 (13 wickets with an economy rate of 2.5), Anand Tummala must consider himself a serious contender for the all-rounder spot in the USA national cricket team.

Anand moved to the USA in 2007 and has been part of the South East Regional team since performing exceedingly well in the USACA National Championship. In recognition of his superb and consistent all-round performances, Anand was selected in 2010 to represent the USA national team in the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Dubai. Unfortunately, for the USA and Anand, he could not participate due to the fact that he narrowly missed the minimum residency requirements of four years before an individual can represent any country in an ICC tournament. Brushing aside this disappointment, Anand focused and worked hard on improving all aspects of his game. In April 2011, he met the residency requirements and is now eligible to represent USA in any ICC tournament.

Anand is an excellent middle order batsman who is technically sound with a good temperament and has shown that he is capable of building innings. He has an uncanny ability to keep the scoreboard ticking at the start of his innings and then accelerate towards the middle and end of the innings playing good quality cricketing shots to hit boundaries and sixes. Anand is a high quality medium pace bowler who swings the ball and relies on line and length which makes him an asset to any side in all forms of the game. Anand is also a very good fielder and has one of the safest pair of hands. A feature of any performance by Anand is his ability to quickly assess the current situation of a match and adjust his game accordingly to suit the needs of his team.

Growing up in India, Anand played most of his cricket in Delhi including school, college, age-group, university and ultimately realizing the dream of representing Delhi in the Ranji Trophy (India's premier first class cricket tournament) in 2001. The experience gave Anand the opportunity to play alongside and against world class cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Sourav Ganguly to name a few.

Anand also traveled with teams representing the Delhi District Cricket Association in tournaments as Vice Captain during the England tour in 1995 and as Captain during the South Africa tour in 1996. Between 1996 and 1998, he was part of the world renowned MRF Pace Foundation in India which is a training academy for pace bowlers from all over the world under the leadership of the great Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee. In addition, Anand represented the Bishen Bedi (former India skipper) Cricket Coaching Trust teams on tours to England in 2001 and Australia in 2007.

Anand's desire to pursue his education resulted in him enrolling in the Master of Business Administration program from the University of Wales and moving to the United Kingdom in 2005. It was during his stay in Wales that Anand excelled both on and off the field. He had the honor of being the captain and coach of the University of Wales cricket team in 2005 and 2006. He was also contracted as a player and senior coach by the Croesyceiliog Cricket Club in the South Wales Premier League. During his stay in the United Kingdom Anand had the privilege of playing alongside former West Indian greats like Richie Richardson, Jimmy Adams and former New Zealand allrounder Chris Harris in exhibition matches. The University of Wales sponsored Anand for the prestigious level I and level II ECB coaching certifications. Off the field, Anand was the recipient of the Best Full-Time International Student Award (MBA) and also held the post of "Overseas Officer" in the University of Wales Newport Students Union.

After moving to the USA in 2007, Anand has not only managed to play with a high level of consistency, but also put in a lot of effort and time into coaching the South East Region and various age group levels at the Cricket Academy of USA on a regular basis. Anand has also been instrumental in taking cricket to schools in the Atlanta, Georgia area inclusive of introducing and implementing a development program involving more than 200 physical education teachers in the Fulton County school system which has earned him high praise from children, parents and authorities. He is also a Certified England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) level II Cricket Coach and a current member of the England & Wales Cricket Board Coaches Association since 2006.Anand owes a lot of his success to his parents who have supported him in all aspects of life. An excellent work ethic has ensured that he has remained focused and determined in achieving his goals.It is just a matter of time before Anand dons the USA colors and represents the country at the highest level. Good luck, Anand!