Monday, June 27, 2011

Dr.Sairam Atluri includes in the list of 25 Great Physicians in Ohio

Dr.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.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Phoenix Group to invest Rs 2,000 cr in six realty projects

Infrastructure company Phoenix Group announced plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore in six real estate ventures in Hyderabad, including Rs 350 crore in Golf Edge, a mixed use project, which will have a five-star hotel and high-end residential apartments.

Every real estate venture underway will have commercial retail space and a hotel as well.

The Managing Director of Phoenix Group, Mr Gopikrishna Patibanda, said “the company has frozen the funding for various projects including Golf Edge, located in the Financial District an IT hub of Gachibowli. The property has a large commercial facility occupied by Deloitte and we have commenced work on the hotel project and housing towers.”

Addressing a press conference, Mr Patibanda said the company has tied up with Duet Hotels for the first five-star hotel project with 210 rooms. Negotiations are underway to partner the Intercontinental Group.

Golf Edge will have 497 apartments of two-bed room, 3-bedroom, duplex ranging from 1,055 sq.ft to 3,595 sq.ft in high-rise twin towers priced at Rs 60 lakh-Rs 2 crore, working out to Rs 6,000 a sq.ft of built-up space. All the apartments come fully furnished and the customers would be provided services support at Rs 4 per sq.ft. The hospitality partner will take care of maintenance aspect too, he said.

Referring to other ventures, Mr Patibanda said “We have thus far developed 5 million sq.ft and have 30 million sq.ft under various stages of development in Hyderabad and Chennai”.

The company has raised first round of funding from Catalyst Samsara and Monsoon Capital. The equity and debt component for the projects has already been tied up, he said.

On the real estate scenario, Mr Suresh Chukkapalli, Chairman, Phoenix Group, said “the sector is looking up in the last few months. The catchment area is huge and the supply is less. By offering a trouble-free ownership experience, we will be able to attract employees from the IT hub. ”

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Shashi Naidoo: The Sexiest Woman in the World



Shashi Naidoo has beaten global beauties to the FHM sexiest woman in the world title.

Port Elizabeth-born Shashi Naidoo, topped the Hot 100 list ahead of the likes of Angelina Jolie, pop singers Christina Aguilera and Cheryl Cole, South African models Roxy Louw and Lee-Ann Liebenberg.

Naidoo has been a cover girl for FHM magazine twice before.

Shashi Naidoo received an SMS from the magazine’s editor, Hagen Engler. It was such a surprise, she had to read the message four times before it sank in.

“I was told earlier that I was doing well, but I definitely didn’t expect it,” she said. But it appears the readers of FHM have a soft spot for the 30-year-old, who famously posed nude save for a well-placed leaf in an issue of Marie Claire magazine.

Last year, Naidoo was voted fourth, a position she held the year before. Two years before that, she came in 16th. “I have been climbing up slowly like a choo choo train,” she laughed.

This time around, Naidoo didn’t expect to do well. “I have no idea why they voted for me. I haven’t been that active as a model and I am now married.”

However, Naidoo has kept herself in the public eye. She is an ambassador for Audi A1, has had some appearances on local TV and is running her own modelling agency, Alushi Model Management.

The agency is her future, says Naidoo, so it could be that the readers of FHM and other glossy magazines might be seeing less of her clad in skimpy bikinis or another shoot, where she was wearing nothing at all.

There will be the FHM shoot in the coming weeks to honour her becoming the Sexiest Woman in the World, she says.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Greenko eyes boost from India's clean power push

London-listed clean energy producer Greenko is looking for opportunities in India's huge power deficit and the country's plans to beef up its renewable capacity.

India-based Greenko, founded by President Mahesh Kolli in 2006, is targeting an operational capacity of 1 gigawatt (GW) by 2014, nearly five times its current base of 183 megawatts (MW).

"Total power demand in India is about 350 GW, while supply is just about 165 (GW)," Kolli said on Wednesday. "There is a big race to add capacity to reduce the gap."

Earlier on Wednesday, Greenko announced agreements to add a cumulative 650 MW to its windpower portfolio, taking its total wind assets in development past the 1 GW mark. Its total portfolio of operational assets and assets under development, including wind and hydro projects, now stands at 1.63 GW.

Meanwhile, India -- the world's third-biggest greenhouse gas polluter after the United States and China -- aims to add 17 GW of renewable energy over five years starting 2012, and a total of 100 GW of power generation capacity by early 2017.

Kolli said it is easier to add renewable assets in India, as opposed to conventional assets.

"In the last five-year plan, 90 GW (of capacity) was planned, but less than half of that has been built, partly due to fuel supply issues on the coal and gas front and permitting problems," he said.

India currently depends on coal for more than half the electricity consumed by its 1 billion plus population.

That hydro and wind power in India are already at grid parity -- the point when power from a renewable source costs the same as conventional power -- makes the market more attractive.

"In no other country can you have wind and hydro supply at grid parity level," Kolli said. "We are not supplying above the cost of energy in the grid, but below the average cost of energy. By that measure, India is very attractive."

That makes India an excellent market for other players, too, but Kolli is not worried about competition just yet.

"The challenge global utilities will face is that the development process in India is very localized," he said. "For instance, in the wind sector, we spent three years collecting data, and then getting all the permits."

Funding, too, could be a concern for the newer entrants, Kolli said and added that Greenko's entire planned 1 GW platform was fully funded.

7Seas launches social gaming platform

7Seas Entertainment Limited, a Hyderabad-based independent IP-based games development company, today said it had added a social gaming platform to its online casual gaming portals www.neodelight.com and www.onlinerealgames.com, which already have in their kitty over 500 high-scored games across all genres.

“The new social gaming platform works differently. Here, a user can simply play a game, make a comment, challenge his friend's moves and take an active part without really bothering about whether they had something awesome to say or post pictures. A user can also add friends and invite friends.The platform also enables the ‘registered players’ to play games with each other by forming ‘custom-friendly’ leagues and play games as a team or create his own avatar,” Lingamaneni Maruti Sanker, Managing Director of 7Seas, .


Social games have enjoyed a worldwide surge in popularity in recent years. According to a recent report from Business Insights, the social gaming market encapsulates nearly 600 million users and was worth nearly $1.5 billion worldwide in 2010, he added.

The company has also integrated its two portals with Facebook, which allows players to log into the portals with their Facebook account and enables sharing relevant gaming content, including social plug-ins. Facebook users will also have the added advantage of having an access to all the features of these two sites, besides their regular Facebook features.

“With this integration, we look forward to doubling our user base by the year-end. There has been an explosion of social gaming out there in the online world. The best part of social games is ‘awareness of others’ ‘actions in games’,” Sanker said.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Padma Bhushan Kantipudi Padmanabhaiah: Former Union Home Secretary

Kantipudi Padmanabhaiah:
Born on 6th Oct 1938 in a village in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, after initial education, He obtained a Masters degree in Science from Andhra University, and a Masters degree in Financial Management, from the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mumbai. He joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1961 and was allotted to the Maharashtra cadre.

He served Government of Maharashtra in a variety of important positions like Director of Sugar Co-operatives; District Collector, Nashik: Principal Secretary, Planning; Principal Secretary, Finance; and Municipal Commissioner of Greater Bombay (now Mumbai). His tenure as Director of Sugar Co-Operatives(1970-74) saw the most spectacular growth of Sugar Industry in the State due to his rapport and close working with the leadership in the Co-operative movement, and received national and international recognition. He was invited by various State Governments, including Government of Andhra Pradesh to advise them on development of co-operative sugar factories.

During his tenure, Nashik district(1975-77) was adjudged as one of the best districts in the country in performance of the 20-point program of Prime Minister, Late. Smt. Indira Gandhi and his work was extensively covered by the National press. His performance as Municipal Commissioner, Greater Bombay (1990-91) received wide acclaim in the press and public, and he was awarded the prestigious Gaints International’s Award for excellence in Civic Administration (1991). He served Government of India as Joint Secretary, Petroleum(1982-84); Joint Secretary, Power(1984-86); Minister Economic in Indian High Commission in London(1986-1989); and Secretary of Urban Development and Housing(1993).

In 1993 parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka States were struck by a devastating earthquake. Government asked him to chair an Advisory Committee of International Experts on Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of the Earthquake affected. The committee’s report served as a blue-print for the entire rehabilitation and reconstruction work with World Bank aid.

Subsequently he worked as Secretary Civil Aviation; Chairman of both Air India and Indian Airlines(1994), and as Union Home Secretary and Secretary Jammu & Kashmir Affairs(1994-1997).By 1994 the entire civil administration and political process in the Kashmir valley was in disarray, and insurgency was at its peak. As Union Home Secretary he played an extremely crucial role in reviving the political process in Jammu & Kashmir State during 1994-1997, and in holding the very first elections in the insurgency ridden State after a gap of nine years.

His work received nation-wide recognition, and he was awarded the Shiromani Award for National Development and Integration (1996) and the Priyadarshini Award for outstanding Public Service (1996).

After retirement in 1997 he was appointed as the Government of India Representative for Naga Peace talks. He persuaded the Naga rebel leadership who were based abroad for decades, to come back to India, persuaded them to move away from their rigid stand of sovereignty, continued the dialogue with patience & perseverance, and persuaded them to continue the ceasefire which led to peace in Nagaland and Naga-inhabited areas of the North East during the last ten years. He relinquished this post on 31st August 2009 on completion of tenure.

He also chaired the Committee on Police Reforms (2000), Committee on Re-organization of S.S.B, and Committee to Review the working of National Institute of Urban Management. Most of his recommendations on police reforms have been accepted by Government for implementation.. He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2008 for outstanding contributions to the Nation in the field of Civil service.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mandalapu Himaja: EAMCET topper

The top scorer in the EAMCET medicine, 158 was secured by Mandalapu Himaja from Vijayawada. Nalluri Snehita got 157 marks in medicine, also the second topper.

CarZ raised $5 Million in Series A Funding

Hyderabad: CarZ, an auto repair services provider for all models of four-wheelers, has raised $5 million in Series A funding from IndoUS Venture Partners. With experienced entrepreneurs and executives, IndoUS Venture Partners provides early and mid-stage funding to new or growing businesses in India. M. M. Dillon & Co. (formerly CRT Investing Banking), Stamford, Connecticut, U.S. was the sole advisor to this transaction.

Founded by auto experts and enthusiasts Venu Donepudi and Vijay Gummadi in 2008, CarZ has a vision to establish an independent, multi-brand car service network where cars produced by most manufacturers can be serviced under one roof. Headquartered in Hyderabad, the company plans to invest the fund raised for the expansion of its network service locations to 300 centers nationwide by 2015.

The CarZ team has automotive expertise in India, North America, Europe and Mid-East in running some of the world's largest independent auto repair franchises, spare parts retail and distribution networks. The company provides full range of repair services including electrical and mechanical repair, accident repair and parts and accessories repair.

Talking about the funding, Venu Donepudi, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Carz said, "As the automotive industry is in a growing and evolving phase, service offerings need to be improved accordingly, which requires a business model inclusive of such transformation." He adds that this funding and partnership with IndoUS Venture Partners will facilitate a phased roll out of their unique and differentiated car service network in new maintenance services accessible to Indian car owners.

Plans for the financial year, 2011-12, is to open professional centers in major cities of Andra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. "In the next five years, we look forward to grow to a size of 300 centers and expand our man power from 30 as of now, to 9000. We are fully equipped to provide services to our customers," quotes Donepudi. He feels that the growing number of centers in the country is because of the high demand resulted in due to customer satisfaction and positive word of mouth.

Creating an eye-capturing business

4G Identity Solutions a pioneer in iris biometric tech

By deploying the first proof of concept for the UID project, 4G Identity Solutions became the first company to introduce the iris biometric technology in India.

It took 39-year-old Sreeni Tripuraneni, a well-trained vascular surgeon in the UK, just over two years to completely study the efficacy of the iris technology (the iris is the coloured part of the eye surrounding the pupil), the algorithms for which were patented by John Daugman, professor at the University of Cambridge, back in 1994.

Tripuraneni embraced the iris biometric technology for patient recognition in the UK a decade ago (in 2001), he now takes pride in the fact that his company – 4G Identity Solutions – is the first to have introduced it closer home by deploying the first proof of concept for the unique identification (UID) project in March 2010.

“Post the completion of my medical informatics course at the University of Bath, I started working on electronic patient records and how to use biometrics to identify a patient brought to an emergency room in a state of shock. My task was Herculean – getting to know the patient, his past medical history and blood group, and start quick treatment in the Golden Hour (the first hour of treatment, in medical terminology). In 2001 I found that iris was one of the most unique biometrics technologies, and since then I have been working on it,” recalls Tripuraneni.

Full of ideas and a fire in his belly, Tripuraneni came back to India in 2003 and started interacting with politicians and bureaucrats on home turf to understand government systems here. He found that governments were having problems in extending distribution of welfare schemes and those below the poverty line (BPL) had no access to state welfare programmes.
Keen to grab a piece of this niche demand, Tripuraneni made his boldest gamble: He set up 4G Identity Solutions (whose tagline says it all – ‘Authentic People, Unique IDs’), and became an exclusive licensee to US-based Iridian Technologies (to whom John Daugman sold his patent) for the Indian market.

“When I decided to come back to India, I thought of bringing the best technology to a country like this, where we have a huge population of BPL people, and where governments spend billions of rupees to eradicate poverty but none of this reaches the target audience. So, I thought the iris technology would help governments streamline their systems,” the chairman and chief executive of 4G says matter-of-factly.

Walking down memory lane, the doctor-turned-entrepreneur says his company made its first deployment to the Andhra Pradesh civil supplies department in 2005, cleaning up 5.6 crore people's irises and a demographic data base of 8.2 crore people, eliminating duplication from the data base.

“The technology helped the AP civil supplies department save more than Rs 1,000 crore per annum through this Rs 30 crore contract awarded to us. This is clearly evident in their budget reduction from 2009 until now. While the budget of the department was Rs 3,500 crore in 2009, it was reduced to Rs 3,000 crore in 2010 and Rs 2,400 crore this year,” Tripuraneni adds.
Flush with the success of the maiden deployment, 4G Identity integrated the iris technology with other programmes of the Andhra Pradesh government, including one to identify the real beneficiaries of Rajiv Gruhakalpa, a housing scheme for the low-income urban population. Then followed a similar project using multiple-biometrics (both iris and fingerprinting) for a UN-funded World Food Programme scheme in Odisha’s Rayagada district.

“Having tasted success with these projects, we had implemented the technology for several states, including the AP Police and the Delhi Home Guards for recruitment. Corporates too have a big problem in identifying prospective employees while recruiting, as some use fake identities for getting employment. Reliance Industries Limited and ADP (in Hyderabad and Pune) are two such stories,” Tripuraneni says, adding that the company has begun a dialogue with other state governments for replicating the implementation of iris technology in their public distribution systems (PDS).

“PDS is important to any state government and officials from Gujarat and Chhattisgarh have already visited our Hyderabad office and looked at our solutions. We are shortly going to close an order in Sikkim for their PDS which covers 600,000 people, the execution period of which is six months. We are also working with the ministry of home affairs for border management.”

For 4G Identity Solutions, the icing on the cake, however, came in the form of the UID in March 2010. The project had begun shaping up and they wanted to see how the biometrics (iris and fingerprints) worked on the ground. 4G was the first company to give a proof-of-concept to UID officials for enrollment and later ran it in the Medak and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh.

But why did the UID Authority choose the iris technology? The answer: “The iris is the only internal organ which we can see from outside, but we cannot touch it as it is behind the transparent cornea. Its growth in the mother's womb stabilises by the age of 12 weeks and it will not change after that throughout a human's life time. It is also very rich in features, having 256 different reference points (unique points to take samples), compared with finger prints that have 35 reference points. It is a fool-proof technology, much faster to deploy and can be used for real time identification.”

For enrollments to the UID or for other state government-run initiatives, 4G uses an iris recognition system complete with video camera to capture the sample and store it in a data base, which can be scanned through millions of samples to get an accurate identity.

As an empanelled agency for the UID project, 4G Identity is now working in six states for the Department of Posts, three states for State Bank of India, six circles for the Union Bank of India and for the government of Sikkim. Tripuraneni says the Central government has a target of enrolling 60 crore people by 2014 and the remainder in three years from then. “Internally, we, as an empanelled agency, have set a target of completing four crore enrollments this year,” he adds.

4G Identity Solutions is a big beneficiary of various state government initiatives and the Centre's UID project. The company clocked Rs 55 crore in revenues in the last financial year, 95 per cent of which came from the government sector. "We currently have an order book of Rs 200 crore, to be executed by the end of March 2012. So, we will be a Rs 250-crore company by the end of this fiscal," says a beaming Tripuraneni.

However, things will change when the UID project is completed and wound up, he says. Once the unique IDs are issued to all citizens, corporates too will get a piece of the action. The country will see more corporate applications of iris technology, especially in the banking, insurance and healthcare sectors for checking address proofs, identifying policy holders and the right nominees. “We will be tapping that sector. This business (iris technology) will grow to some thousands of crores of rupees in the next 10 years or so,” he predicts.

Tripuraneni thinks that state governments are more proactive in terms of embracing the iris technology, for the simple reason that it is they who are in touch with citizens, and not the Central government.

“States are answerable to citizens and so they have more responsibility to deliver welfare schemes in time. So, wherever there is a strong political leadership, they are thinking beyond. Many chief ministers in the country are proactive in adopting such technologies to deliver and monitor schemes,” he adds.

4G Identity is also planning to take wing and expand its business to the US and the UK this year, to start with. "Now that we have created success stories here, we will be opening offices in the US and UK and explore opportunities there. We have already got an order from one of the African countries -- Republic of Chad -- for military identification, which will take six months from now to complete. Also, inquiries are coming in from south Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, and from African countries. We are currently in discussions with them," he says.

“Iridian Technologies was acquired by US-based L1 Identity Solutions Inc, which was later bought by French conglomerate Safran Group's Sagem. Professor Daugman's patent will expire in July 2011, post which it will be an open-market technology. Hence, it will not be a hindrance for us to enter the US or the UK market,” he adds.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Betfair lands Yahoo veteran to lead mobile

Betfair has appointed Raj Vemulapalli from Yahoo as vice president of mobile engineering just weeks after Charlie Palmer, its previous head of mobile stepped down.

Vemulapalli, who spent 11 years at Yahoo developing the internet business’s Messenger product and mobile messaging, voice and video and chat platforms, will be based jointly in London and San Francisco where he will also set up a new mobile centre of excellence in Silicon Valley.

The new role has been created in an attempt to grow the exchange’s mobile customer base and improve existing and develop new products and technology, the company said.

“Betfair is a technology company that invented the betting exchange a decade ago and is now reinventing mobile betting and gaming,” Vemulapalli said. “I am excited to be driving Betfair’s mobile strategy, products and platforms at a time when consumers are increasingly turning to mobile”.

Betfair was one of the first operators to have a betting application listed in the Apple App Store for both the iPhone and iPad, while the company recently announced a new revenue sharing initiative for third party developers who design mobile products through Betfair’s open API program.

Tony McAlister, Betfair’s chief technology officer, added: “Raj has a track record of delivering global products, building teams and has experience managing open API’s, a development route which is significant to our mobile strategy going forward”.

52-WEEK BLOCKBUSTER: NATCO PHARMA

The Natco Pharma (Dr.V.C.Nannapaneni, Chairman) stock has outperformed the BSE Health Care Index by a huge margin last year. The company, which manufactures formulations, APIs and offers contract research and manufacturing services, is also a leading player in the oncology therapeutic segment, and derives a considerable portion of its revenues from it. Natco is also among the largest contract manufacturers in India, and has well-known pharma companies such as Ranbaxy and Dr Reddy's as its clients.

The US market (including US retail business) also makes a key segment for Natco. So far, Natco has filed 18 ANDAs, has received approvals for five drug applications and launched three products; three filings enjoy a Para IV certification. It has mitigated the risks of operating in this segment by opting for a partnership model. It has tied with US-based Mylan Inc for Glatiramer Acetate, a generic version of Teva's CopaxoneR, used to treat multiple sclerosis. It has also tied-up with Lupin (Lanthanum Carbonate tablets), Watson Pharma (Revlimid) and Dr Reddy's (for value-added generic oncology drugs). These add a lot of weight to its growth potential. In a first such move, Natco has also sought a voluntary license from Pfizer to make and sell copies of the latter's HIV medicine in India.

Roses for the world: An Indian success story in Ethiopia

Holeta (Ethiopia): The world’s largest exporter of roses is an Indian who grows and ships hundreds of varieties of the prized flowers — not just out of India but mostly out of farms in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Just 45 km out of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, a drive across rolling grasslands at the foothills of the Entoto range brings you to a large encampment, spread over 100 hectares, of greenhouses, cottages and huts from where Karuturi Global (Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi, Chairman & MD) has spawned its phenomenal growth.

‘Favourable government policies and environmental conditions, flood-safe geographic location and abundant low-cost labour, coupled with its proximity to the global markets, made Ethiopia an ideal location for our business,’ says chief executive Nagesh Karuturi, who overseas the two east African farms.

The Bangalore-based company, which has a 10-hectare farm near the new international airport, forayed into Ethiopia in 2004 through its 100 percent subsidiary, Ethiopian Meadows Plc.

It leased two farms near Addis Ababa — the other larger 385 hectare farm is in Wolisso, about 90 km from Addis Ababa — employed over 3,000 local workers and laid the foundation for its successful business that has become the showpiece foreign investment for the Ethiopian government.

With the global floriculture industry witnessing significant growth in the past few decades, driven by the demand from Europe, the US and Japan, Karuturi Global smelt its opportunities at the right time.

‘The decision has paid off. For the past four years, we are deriving significant cost benefits from our Ethiopian operations. And a series of such strategic decisions enabled us to become the world’s largest and the cheapest producer of cut roses,’ Karuturi said.

It acquired Kenya-based Sher Agencies in September 2007 for $46 million to emerge as the world’s largest producer and exporter of all varieties of cut roses with 13 percent of the global marketshare.

The bulk of its exports comes from its farms in Kenya and Ethiopia. Its clients are some of the leading names among auction houses, boutique manufacturers across Europe, South and East Asia and the Gulf.

‘It’s a 365-day, recession-proof industry,’ says Karuturi, explaining how the temperate climate of east Africa was highly conducive to the business.

Besides being used for decoration and adornment, cut roses finds uses across various sectors of the economy. Its extracts are used in perfumes and natural dyes, food and beverages, hotels and healthcare and also skincare products, Karuturi said.

Karuturi Global produces a total of about 550 million stems annually from its African farms — 200 million in Ethiopia and about 350 milllion in Kenya.

‘When nobody dared to go to Ethiopia, Karuturi Global ventured into unchartered waters,’ said Karuturi.

‘Our business operations in Kenya and Ethiopia have created employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled labour. Through our business and social welfare activities, we are well accepted in the Sub-African countries as a change agent for growth and prosperity.

Sravana K Paladugu wins USA National Merit Scholarships for 2011

Sravana K. Paladugu of Seminole, St. Petersburg High. Probable career: medicine, have won National Merit Scholarships for 2011.

Seniors at high schools will receive awards of $500 to $2,000 a year for up to four years of undergraduate study.

The students were chosen from about 16,000 semifinalists who scored the highest on their preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

To advance in the competition, each candidate had to submit an application that showed an outstanding academic record and included an endorsement from a school official, SAT scores, an essay and proof of extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

LVPEI opens 100th eye center in Vijaywada

L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) opened its 100th centre at Vijaywada marking the silver jubilee. Over the years, LVPEI has been steadily expanding on its facilities in keeping with is capacity-building strategy.The last month of May saw LVPEI launching ten primary eyecare centres, and one city centre bringing the total tally of its network to 100 locations, a LVPEI release said here today."I am delighted that LVPEI has touched a century of eye care facilities in the service of people," said Dr Gullapalli N Rao, chairman, L V Prasad eye Institute adding that "It is a great beginning in our silver jubilee year on June one, and it brings us closer to our mission of preventing avoidable blindness among our people." The launch of LVEPI's silver jubilee on June 1, 2011 saw a flurry of activities including the traditional lighting of the lamp by State Governor E S L Narasimhan and Vimala Narasimhan on 2nd June

Nadendla Manohar elected speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly

HYDERABAD — Nadendla Manohar, who got elevated from the post of Deputy Speakear, polled 158 votes while K E Krishnamurthy, the candidate put up by the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) secured 90 votes in the 294-member House. Vijayalakshmi, Jagan’s mother and the lone legislator representing YSR Congress Party, abstained from the House. Legislators belonging to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), BJP, CPI and Lok Satta abstained from voting as they did not want to be seen as favouring either the ruling party or the main opposition.