Sunday, February 27, 2011
Indian ace paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal on Saturday clinched his third gold of the National Games by winning the individual men's title.
Achanta, who won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, did not break a sweat in his clinical 4-0 win over Bengal's Anirban Nandi in a match which lasted for 16 minutes.
In the one-sided match, Achanta kept the pressure on Nandi right from the word go and didn't give the Bengal paddler to settle down.
Nandi did get off to a good start in the first set as he was leading 4-3, but Achanta made a solid comeback by giving away only one point to his opponent before winning it 11-5.
Achanta gave away nine points in the second set but there was no let off from the Tamil Nadu paddler as he clinched it 11-9.
There was no looking back for Achanta after taking a 2-0 lead as he won the next two sets with an identical score of 11-6.
The order is for 4-laning of Barsasat-Krsihagar section of NH-34 (84 kms) in the state of West Bengal under National Highway Development Program (NHDP-III) on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) Annuity basis.
As per terms, Madhucon has to design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) Annuity basis under NHDP-III for semi-annual annuity of Rs 739.8 million. The concession period is 17 years, including construction period of 910 days.
As on date, the company is having order on hand to the extent of Rs 41 billion and has been pre-qualified in number of EPC works over Rs 100 billion in irrigation, highways, railways, power projects and transmission line projects, etc.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Malkangiri District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) project director Balwant Singh received Krishna. According to initial reports, around 15 Maoists dropped the collector at Doliamba village where a meeting of local tribal people was held. One of the local Maoists explained that the collector was abducted for the cause of tribals who were being 'exploited' and 'oppressed' by the state administration.
The reports said the collector was held on a well-guarded hilltop, eight km from Doliamba. Armed militia was deployed all-around the hill to repulse any possible attempt of attack by security forces.
Suspense and drama preceded the collector's release as Maoists demanded immediate release of their ideologue Ganti Prasad and a host of other leaders. They asked interlocutors G Hargopal, R Someswar Rao and Dandapani Mohanty to come to Malkangiri for further discussions. Mohanty on Wednesday had rejected the fresh demands of the Maoists saying "they are not acceptable at this stage."
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sivadeep clinched the boys' under-12 singles and under-14 doubles titles.
Kosaraju Sivadeep bt B. Rithvik Choudary 6-2, 7-5. U-14, Kosaraju Sivadeep & A. K.Rohit bt P. C. Anirudh & Sakineni Durga Himakesh 4-2, 3-5, 10-8 .
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Now it is in the running for "Best in the World" for the most popular Indian cookbook in the world. Entice with Spice will compete with the other books that won in the Indian cuisine category in their respective countries. The winner of the "Best in the World" will be announced at an award ceremony in Paris in March 2011, and will be followed by a swanky party.
Entice with Spice is available in bookstores around the world and at Borders, Barners and Nobles and on Amazon.com In Houston, it is also available at Williams-Sonoma, Highland Village; River Oaks Bookstore; and the Blue Willow Bookshop.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
New Delhi, (IANS) The inaugural Formula One race in New Delhi later this year was one of the reasons that prompted Tata Motors to back Kakarla Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan's return to the sport after five years.
Karthikeyan will be seen in action with Tata Motors sponsored Hispania Racing Team in the Oct 28-30 race and a top official of the Indian automobile giant admitted that backing the Coimbatore lad was a natural choice as it helps in 'brand enhancement'.
Tata Motors has also been one of the oldest sponsors of Karthikeyan since 2002. Karthikeyan had also raced for Tata LeMans racing team.
Speaking to IANS, R.Ramakrishnan, vice president (commercial-passenger business unit) of Tata said: 'It has been a long association between Karthikeyan and Tata. The New Delhi race was certainly one reason why we supported him. Besides this, we remain committed to motorsport activities as it helps tremendously in brand enhancement.
Meanwhile, Tata Motors Monday also launched a rally team called 'Full Throttle' which will feature in the Desert Storm 2011, a premier rally, starting Feb 22.
Nadella, 43, received 217,499 shares that vest in blocks starting Aug. 29 and continuing until Oct. 21, 2012.
At today's closing price -- $27.06 -- that's a $5,885,522.94 (Rs.26,54,95,942/ -) signing bonus.
Strangely, the filing says that Nadella doesn't own any shares directly or indirectly. Either that's an omission or Nadella's done a lot of diversification in his 19 years at Microsoft.
Friday, February 18, 2011
"The sheer power of joining a known brand has already helped our property gain exposure," said Rao R. Yalamanchili, who owns the hotel along with Srinivas Yalamanchili. "When we were considering moving from an independent hotel to a brand, we ultimately selected Red Lion Hotels because the company is also an owner of hotels and understands what it is like to be in the operator's role."
"This property is a strong addition to the Red Lion Hotels footprint," said Rich Carlson, Vice President of Lodging Development for Red Lion Hotels Corporation. "Growing Red Lion's presence in the Bay Area is essential to growing the brand throughout California."
The Red Lion Hotel Oakland International Airport, 150 Hegenberger Road, is a full service property with 189 rooms and more than 4,400 sq ft of meeting space with a continuous shuttle just minutes from the airport.
"We are already receiving reservations through the Red Lion system," said Sanjiv Patel, General Manager of the Red Lion Hotel Oakland International Airport. "We were pleased to have welcomed our first Red Lion guests this week."
HYDERABAD: Like any other ordinary soul, Ravella Vineel Krishna used to move around in the interior and inaccessible areas of Malkangiri district of Odisha on a motorcycle. He mingled with the people freely, discussed their problems and made all efforts to solve their problems. The people there too held him in high regard and felt he was one of them. Despite the fact that he was working in the Maoist stronghold, Krishna refused to move around with security and this perhaps was the reason he landed himself in the 'custody' of Maoists. Hailing from Kuchinapudi, near Tenali, in Guntur district, Vineel Krishna, a 2005-batch IAS officer and Malkangiri district collector in the neighbouring state was abducted by the extremists yesterday. “Being an Indian, serve the country. Why go to some foreign land when you have much more to do here?'' is what Krishna, an IITian from Madras and state topper in the civil services examination, used to tell his US-based brother whenever he asked him to settle down in the US. It is this sense of patriotism and craving to serve the poor that drove Krishna to civil services and work in a backward area of Odisha's tribal belt, his family members said. The 29-year-old IAS officer's father, Rambabu, has retired as a deputy general manager (accounts) at BHEL while his mother, Kusuma, a teacher at BHEL school, has taken voluntary retirement recently. After Iintermediate, Krishna studied civil engineering at IIT-Madras in 2002. “Krishna's brother, Kiran, who did MS and is living in the US, wanted his brother to go over there as he could get a decent job there. The younger brother, however, wanted to do something for the society and the motherland,'' his aunt, Yarlagadda Sailaja, assistant station director of Hyderabad Doordarshan Kendra, told Express. Krishna was the state top-ranker in civils in his second attempt in 2005 and joined the IAS and was made part of the Orissa cadre. “His parents and other members of the family had wished that he would be posted in Andhra Pradesh but he had no regrets. On the other hand he was happy that he got Orissa cadre. He used to tell us that there was more scope to serve the society in a state like Orissa and joined the service there without a second thought,'' Sailaja recalled. He worked as sub-collector and later as joint collector in backward areas like Barapada and was posted as special officer at Kandhamal during the clashes between Hindus and Christians there. He was promoted as collector just 15 months ago and given the charge of Maoist-affected Malkangiri. Krishna reportedly did not allow gunmen to give security to him and used to move freely in the interior and inaccessible areas on motorcycles with locals. “Krishna earned a good name among the tribals there and the locals like him very much,'' Sailaja said. Krishna is married to Chandana, daughter of a retired DGP SK Venugopal - IPS (Brother in law of MR Doraiswamy Naidu, Chairman, PES Group of Institutions) in Bangalore, and the couple have a 2-year-old son, Nrupen Murari, who is now staying with grandparents in Bangalore. At the dead of night last night, around 1.30 am, Chandana called up her mother-in-law, Kusuma, and conveyed the news of her husband's kidnap. “She was too shocked to tell us more. She was inconsolable,'' Sailaja said with tears welling up in her eyes as she watched the news of kidnap on television. In another two hours Krishna's parents hit the road on way to Malkangiri. His father-in-law, Venugopal, also left for Odisha. “We are not able to contact Chandana as it was a remote area. Even my sister, Kusuma, was not accessible. The last time I spoke to her was around 10.30 am and she was at Bhadrachalam then. I am unable to contact her now,'' Sailaja said, adding that Krishna had last visited the state six months ago to attend a family function in Tenali.
Hailing from Kuchinapudi, near Tenali, in Guntur district, Vineel Krishna, a 2005-batch IAS officer and Malkangiri district collector in the neighbouring state was abducted by the extremists yesterday. “Being an Indian, serve the country. Why go to some foreign land when you have much more to do here?'' is what Krishna, an IITian from Madras and state topper in the civil services examination, used to tell his US-based brother whenever he asked him to settle down in the US. It is this sense of patriotism and craving to serve the poor that drove Krishna to civil services and work in a backward area of Odisha's tribal belt, his family members said. The 29-year-old IAS officer's father, Rambabu, has retired as a deputy general manager (accounts) at BHEL while his mother, Kusuma, a teacher at BHEL school, has taken voluntary retirement recently. After Iintermediate, Krishna studied civil engineering at IIT-Madras in 2002. “Krishna's brother, Kiran, who did MS and is living in the US, wanted his brother to go over there as he could get a decent job there. The younger brother, however, wanted to do something for the society and the motherland,'' his aunt, Yarlagadda Sailaja, assistant station director of Hyderabad Doordarshan Kendra, told Express. Krishna was the state top-ranker in civils in his second attempt in 2005 and joined the IAS and was made part of the Orissa cadre. “His parents and other members of the family had wished that he would be posted in Andhra Pradesh but he had no regrets. On the other hand he was happy that he got Orissa cadre. He used to tell us that there was more scope to serve the society in a state like Orissa and joined the service there without a second thought,'' Sailaja recalled. He worked as sub-collector and later as joint collector in backward areas like Barapada and was posted as special officer at Kandhamal during the clashes between Hindus and Christians there. He was promoted as collector just 15 months ago and given the charge of Maoist-affected Malkangiri. Krishna reportedly did not allow gunmen to give security to him and used to move freely in the interior and inaccessible areas on motorcycles with locals. “Krishna earned a good name among the tribals there and the locals like him very much,'' Sailaja said. Krishna is married to Chandana, daughter of a retired DGP SK Venugopal - IPS (Brother in law of MR Doraiswamy Naidu, Chairman, PES Group of Institutions) in Bangalore, and the couple have a 2-year-old son, Nrupen Murari, who is now staying with grandparents in Bangalore. At the dead of night last night, around 1.30 am, Chandana called up her mother-in-law, Kusuma, and conveyed the news of her husband's kidnap. “She was too shocked to tell us more. She was inconsolable,'' Sailaja said with tears welling up in her eyes as she watched the news of kidnap on television. In another two hours Krishna's parents hit the road on way to Malkangiri. His father-in-law, Venugopal, also left for Odisha. “We are not able to contact Chandana as it was a remote area. Even my sister, Kusuma, was not accessible. The last time I spoke to her was around 10.30 am and she was at Bhadrachalam then. I am unable to contact her now,'' Sailaja said, adding that Krishna had last visited the state six months ago to attend a family function in Tenali.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Mr Seshasayee, who has been the face of Ashok Leyland for decades having served the company for the better part of his working life, will from April focus on “strategic initiatives towards globalisation of the company's operations,” says a press release from the company. He was made Managing Director of Ashok Leyland in 1998 and his present term expires on March 31.
Monday, February 14, 2011
This makes the total number of stamps on film personalities issues so far to just over twenty, even as the film industry is completing one hundred years of its existence next year.
Lanco Infratech’s (Lagadapati Rajagopal, Chairman) Singapore based subsidiary Lanco Solar Holdings has unveiled its solar plans. It is implementing a fully integrated business strategy as a developer of Solar Farms, EPC contractor and also integrated manufacturer of solar PV modules.Lanco Solar is present in both solar PV and Solar thermal technologies. Under various policies of both state and central governments, Lanco Solar has already signed power purchase agreements to the extent of 140 MW and aims to develop 200 to 300 MW of solar power over the next 2 years. Lanco Solar also offers turnkey engineering, procurement and construction services to other solar power developers and are looking to build 300 to 500 MW of solar thermal and solar PV plants over the next couple of years. Lanco Solar has also secured contracts for establishing solar power generation projects to be built on Parliament house and Science City in Punjab.
Lanco Solar has established a global presence across United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, USA and Canada. Lanco Solar is developing solar power plants and providing turnkey EPC services in these countries. The first few projects in Europe are expected to be commissioned by April 2011. As part of its integrated business strategy, Lanco is setting up India’s first integrated Solar PV manufacturing `Special Economic Zone project in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh. The SEZ project is being developed in phases and will have integrated facilities for manufacture of Polysilicon , Ingots, wafers, PV Cells and PV modules with capacities of 250 MW/year equivalent. First phase of the project with an investment of Rs.13.7 billion, consisting of Polysilicon, Ingots and Wafers, will be fully operational by year 2012. The state of the art project is the first such integrated solar photovoltaic facility coming up in India, putting the country and the State of Chhattisgarh in the global map of polysilicon production bases.
The high technology processes involved in the project are similar to that of semiconductor industry The facility is being designed to produce polysilicon of very high purity (micro-electronic grade) and will be set up using technology from Germany and USA.
The SEZ project would provide major boost to the local employment creation and small and medium scale ancillary industries in and around the area. It will create direct and indirect employment for 8,000 people. The project will enhance local entrepreneurship in many fields such as aluminum frame manufacturing, chemical process industries, electrical and electronic industries and construction industry. Small and Medium enterprises such as cutting tools, graphite machining, glass manufacturing, quartz crucible production, panel and switchgear repairing, PLC and robotics cum automation servicing, pallets and plastic packaging industry and ash bricks for servicing and maintenance would additionally provide job opportunities for a large number of people in and around the area.
The project would provide the critical backward integration for the solar projects undertaken by the company. Lanco has signed power purchase agreements with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited for development of a 5MW solar PV project and a 100MWsolar Thermal project in the state of Rajasthan under the first phase of the National Solar Mission. In addition, it has signed up with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam for development of a 35 MW Solar PV project in the state of Gujarat. The company has already commissioned a 5 MW solar PV project in Gujarat using its in-house EPC capabilities, while another 5 MW is under development.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Nadella, 43, will oversee strategy, engineering, marketing and product development for the company’s server, tools and cloud-computing efforts, Microsoft said today in a statement. He replaces Bob Muglia, whose departure was announced last month.
Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is making executive changes to inject more engineering experience into the senior levels of product divisions. He’s contending with criticism from the board and investors that Microsoft is falling behind in smartphones and tablet computers. Ballmer also is trying to capitalize on a shift to cloud software, which is stored online.
Nadella, a 19-year Microsoft veteran, served as a senior vice president overseeing engineering and technical strategy for the Bing search engine, MSN websites and Internet advertising. Those products run on one of the biggest cloud-based systems in the world, giving Nadella experience in that field.
The seventh-grader began sobbing with joy on stage when told she had correctly spelled the Shoshone word that means an icy winter fog.
Swetha defeated 42 other top-notch spellers at the bee held Thursday at Frontier Trail Middle School, sponsored by The Olathe News. She will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on June 1-2.
“Awesome,” was how the 13-year-old described her feelings after winning. She has been entering spelling bees since she was in the first grade and this was her fourth year at the district level. Two years ago, she came in third.
“I was nervous the whole time,” said Swetha, who attends Chisholm Trail Middle School. “I’m just really happy.”
Monday, February 7, 2011
Chairman Kamineni Suryanarayana said a consortium of nine banks led by Indian Bank has arranged Rs 1,248 crore of loans. The balance will be pumped in by the promoters in the form of equity, he said.
The project, coming up at Narketpalli in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh, will take off over the next 18 months. The company has already placed orders for equipment and also tied up gas supplies for the power project with the Gas Authority of India (Gail), he said.
Suryanarayana said the project is coming up adjacent to the facilities of other group companies which are into manufacture of seamless tubes used in the oil and gas drilling operations by the Indian public and private sector giants including ONGC and Reliance.
The proposed steel billets project would act as raw materials for manufacture of raw pipes and then for production of seamless pipes used for oil and gas drilling, he said.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
NSL Sugars, a part of Hyderabad based NSL Group (Mandava Prabhakara Rao, Chairman), announced today that its Mahbubnagar Plant, Krishnaveni Sugars, has commenced operations. It is an integrated Sugar, Co-generation power and Fuel grade ethanol project set up at Kothakota Mandal of Mahbubnagar district in Andhra Pradesh.
NSL invested Rs. 350 crore to build the integrated sugar complex. The overall cost of the project has been funded through a mix of internal accruals and debt. The plant consists of 3500 Tonnes crushing per day (TCD) sugar unit besides 28 MW Cogen power plant and 45 Kilo liters per day (KLPD) capacity Fuel Grade Ethanol plant. NSL has plans to expand the sugar unit capacity to 5000 TCD in near future.
Mr. Mandava Prabhakar Rao, Chairman, NSL Group, stated “Our humble beginning in sugar business in 2003 has made us one of the biggest players in south India today. This Greenfield project is the stepping stone for us to realize our vision to become a major player in the country. Since our sugar business vertical has already been well established in Karnataka, Mahbubnagar plant will help us expand into Andhra Pradesh significantly besides increasing our market share in other states. We are expecting the turnover of our sugar business to touch Rs. 550 crore this year.”
Mr. Hari Vallurupalli, Joint Managing Director, NSL Sugars Limited, said “The state-of-the-art plant with Mill Max crushers and Raw sugar process equipment is one of India’s most modern sugar plants. This project would enrich the commanding area by the cultivation of commercial crops like sugarcane in 20,000 acres. The project has infused new life and will bring in major change in the socio-economic development of the region engulfing the location of the plant. Krishnaveni Sugars will also generate direct employment to 500 people and indirect employment to thousands of farmers in surrounding area.”
NSL has a comprehensive cane development program to plant, grow, cultivate, and purchase of sugarcane. The plant has an adjoining self contained township for the employees, with staff accommodation, first aid centre and other amenities.
NSL Sugars already has three of its plants operating in Karnataka with a total sugar cane capacity of 9000 TCD. Krishnaveni Sugars is the first plant, which has been set up in Andhra Pradesh.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Lagadapati Madhusudhan Rao: Executive Chairman
LANCO has proven expertise in power generation from conventional and non-conventional sources of energy including gas, coal, biomass, hydro and wind. Lanco has operational and under execution projects amounting to over 11000MW.
2) Konaseema Gas Power Limited
M V V S Murthi: Founder
With the advent of Gas discoveries in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) Basin of A.P., the company has been conceived to generate power. In its constant endeavour to power the economy of the region and the nation at large, KONASEEMA GAS POWER LTD is born at the KONASEEMA Region in the vicinity of Natural Gas wells. The Capital cost of the project is Rs. 1800 Crores (US $ 450 Million).
3) Sravanthi Group
SRAVANTHI Group, an emerging player in Power Sector, is promoted and run by renowned professionals of the power industry. The Group is an integrated power sector developer and operator with capabilities in feasibility, implementation and operation of power projects. The group is actively engaged in development of several power projects aggregating more than 3,000 MW of Thermal, Gas, Hydro and wind energy sources.
4) East Coast Energy Private Limited
Tatineni Venkata Krishna: Managing Director
East Coast Energy Private Limited (ECEPL) is in the process of developing a Coal based Thermal Power Plant near Kakarapalli Village, Santhabommali Mandal, Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh, India. The plant is envisaged to be developed in two stages with an ultimate generation capacity of 2640 MW. Each stage is planned with capacity of 1320 MW having two units of 660 MW.
5) KVK Energy & Infrastructure Private Ltd
K. Vijaya Kumar: Chairman & Managing Director
KVK Energy & Infrastructure Private Ltd (KVK Energy) is the holding company of KVK Group. KEIL has over 10 years experience in the Indian Power sector. KVK Energy has proven expertise in power includes conventional as well as non-conventional sources of energy such as Natural Gas, LSHS, Coal / Coal rejects, Biomass etc. Currently executing projects of about 1500 MW under various SPV's.
6) Asian Genco Pte Ltd
T V Vijaykumar & Tatineni Venkata Krishna: Promoters
Asian Genco Pte Ltd is an infrastructure development company with investments in power generation assets and services business. The company has a target to build a portfolio of 10,000 MW of power generation assets by the year 2012. At current portfolio size of nearly 4000 MW with an estimated total capital outlay of ~ USD 4.5 bn our presence in India already establishes us one of the largest clean power companies in the country.
7) Meenakshi Energy Pvt. Ltd
Katragadda Srinivasa Rao: Chairman
Taken birth over a decade and half ago the Meenakshi Group of Companies, has made its mark in different sectors of Property Development, Power Projects & Road works. Meenakshi Group started on a humble note but was backed by highly seasoned Businessmen, with depth of management and integrity and quality consciousness. Under this able entrepreneurship, the Group flourished to grow to today’s heights.
8) Simhapuri Energy Private Limited
Nama Nageswara Rao: Chairman & MD
Simhapuri Energy Pvt. Ltd. (SEPL), incorporated on December 2, 2005 Madhucon is setting up a coal based thermal power project of ultimate capacity of 1920 MW in phase I, II and III at Tamminapatnam and Mommidi Villages, Chillakur Mandal, SPSR Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh. Power purchases Agreement (PPA) and coal linkage have been tied up with power Trading Corporation of India. The fuel coal for our power plant is met from our own mines in Indonesia.
9) Navabharat Power Private Limited
Navabharat Power Private Limited is the Special Purpose Vehicle formed by Malaxmi & Nava Bharat Ventures Limited to establish a 2250 MW, Malaxmi Mega Thermal Power Project in Dhenkanal district, Orissa, India.
11) Sujana Power (Tuticorin) Limited
Phase I & II Coastal Thermal Power Project, at Tuticorin District, Tamil Nadu, India is being established by Malaxmi and Sujana Group.
12) NSL Power
Mandava Prabhakara Rao: Chairman & MD
Nsl Nagapatnam Power & Infratech (P) LtdNsl Nagapatnam Power & Infratech (P) Ltd, a NSL Group Company, have been setting up 4*660 MW in phase I and II at Talanchankadu village, Taragambadi taluk, Nagapattinam Dist, Tamilnadu.NSL Orissa Power And Infratech Private LimitedNSL Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Orissa government for setting up a 1,320 (2x660)-Mw coal-based power plant.
13) Navayuga Power
Chinta Visweswara Rao: Chairman & MD
The Navayuga Group is making bold forays into the power sector. At the outset, it is coming up with a power plant in Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh at a cost of Rs 85,000 million and a capacity of 2100 MW. Simultaneously it is setting up power plants in Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu.
14) Bobba Power Projects
V.S.Bobba: Chairman and MD
Hydro Power is the largest renewable resource being used for generation of electricity. This power source could be the answer to India’s energy crisis as it is inexhaustible, non- polluting and economically viable. The advantages of the small hydel project is that it an economically viable ,eco-friendly source of power which provides an effective opportunity to increase rural electrification and improve living standards. Bobba Group is under the process of setting up 5 power projects in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka to generate Hydel Power where the customer would be the State Government.