Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nuziveedu Seeds conferred 'BioAgri Company of the Year 2012' Award

Nuziveedu Seeds Limited (Mandava Prabhakara Rao, CMD) the leading Indian Seeds company (in terms of volume and seed packets sold every year), has been conferred with BioAgri Company of the year Award 2012 at the 10th Annual Biospectrum-ABLE Awards. Mr. Ramesh Viswanathan, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Nuziveedu Seeds received the award on behalf of the Company at a glittering ceremony held in Bengaluru. This is the fourth time Nuziveedu Seeds has won this prestigious award and consecutively won it for the third time. Previously, the Company won this award in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, December 19, 2012 Nuziveedu Seeds Limited, the leading Indian Seeds company (in terms of volume and seed packets sold every year), has been conferred with BioAgri Company of the year Award 2012 at the 10th Annual Biospectrum-ABLE Awards. Mr. Ramesh Viswanathan, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Nuziveedu Seeds received the award on behalf of the Company at a glittering ceremony held in Bengaluru. This is the fourth time Nuziveedu Seeds has won this prestigious award and consecutively won it for the third time. Previously, the Company won this award in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

The Biospectrum-ABLE Awards, being among the most credible recognition platforms for Indian biotech and agriculture industry were conferred on the basis of Industry Survey conducted by BioSpectrum along with Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises - ABLE in June 2012.The findings of the Survey were further vetted by 11 member jury comprised of experts from industry, academia and chaired by Prof. Virander S Chauhan, Director, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) along with Dr. Chetan E Chitnis, Principal Investigator, Malaria Research Group, ICGEB.

Speaking on the honour conferred, Mr. M Prabhakar Rao, CMD, Nuziveedu Seeds said "we are delighted to receive BioAgri-ABLE Company of the Year Award for 2012. It is indeed a proud moment for us to be chosen for the fourth time, which reflects the spirit of innovation and leadership traits of our team. It is our endeavour to continue providing quality and affordable seeds to the farmers".

Nuziveedu Seeds offers more than 340 hybrid seeds and varieties of 30 field crops and vegetables and its modern technologies to Indian farmers through its extensive sales and distribution network in 17 states across India. With strong R&D capabilities and one of the largest germplasms in the country, company produces and markets other field crops like Maize, Paddy Sunflower, Sorghum, Pearmillet and vegetable crops. Nuziveedu Seeds' marketing team conducts farmer education programs on new agronomic practices to increase productivity.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A scientist par excellence

 Ramamohana Rao Tummala led a team that invented the first plasma display 

He left his village nearly five decades ago to study and then work in the U.S. Today, Rammohana Rao Tummala is highly respected as a scientist and inventor. He holds 71 U.S. patents and credit for inventions. He has invented and manufactured the first ever plasma display for the IBM. 

Six months in a year he travels extensively as adviser to several academic, research bodies and consultant to many Fortune 500 electronic companies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. In spite of his hectic life, Prof. Rao R. Tummala always makes time to visit his native village, Nandamuru, on the Vijayawada-Gudivada Road.
He came to make a presentation at the Nano Conference at Bangalore and came to spend some time with his cousins in his village. Born in Nandamuru, he did his entire schooling in the village. He is the son of the soil in the true sense because his father was a farmer. Prof. Rao did his science degree in Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada and his engineering degree in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. In 1965, he left India to do his MS in Metallurgical Engineering in Canada. After that, there was no turning back for Prof. Rao. After working for several years with the IBM, he became an IBM Fellow in 1983 and held the honour till 1993. 

Claim to fame
“My claim to fame is heading the team that invented the first plasma display and manufacturing it. It was small (he used his hands to indicate that it was about five inches long and wide), but IBM made 300 million dollars with it,” he said. After being the IBM fellow, Prof. Rao moved over to academics and is today a professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, more popularly known as Georgia Tech at Atlanta. Prof. Rao has published over 320 technical papers and has authored several books, including the first modern reference book for Microsystems.

Celkon Mobiles to co-present India-Pak cricket series

It has tied up with cricketer Virat Kohli and South Indian film actress Tamanna Bhatia for the ad campaign. Leading Telugu film director Trivikram Srinivas made the promos for the cellular handset company in Hindi and regional languages. 

The home-grown mobile player, which registered a turnover of Rs 320 crore last year, plans to cross the Rs 800-crore mark in 2013-14, largely backed by the nationwide campaign it is planning. It sells 5.5 lakh phones and tablets a month. 

“About 10 per cent of them are smartphones. Next year, we plan to sell 10 lakh phones and tablets a month, with the contribution from smart phones and tablets increasing to 20 per cent,” Y. Guruswamy Naidu, Managing director of Celkon Mobiles, said, after launching the tablet.

Ahead of the launch of the nationwide campaign, the company launched a 3G-dongle tablet PC at Rs 6,499 a piece. It comes with a RAM of 1 GB and 1.2 GHz processor. 

“We have sold 50,000 tablets (three varieties) in the last few months. We could have done better but for the problems in the supply chain. We will be selling 50,000 a month as the supply chain is restored,” It also launched a dual core smart phone (A200) at Rs 8,449, which comes with a 5 mega pixel camera and 1GHz processor.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

AEBA honours Dr Gullapalli Nageswara Rao for 'pioneering contributions to eye banking in Asia'

The Association of Eye Bank of Asia (AEBA), an umbrella organisation for all major eye banks and eye banking organisations from the Asian countries, presented its inaugural award for “pioneering contributions to eye banking in Asia” to Dr Gullapalli N Rao, founder-chair of L V Prasad Eye Institute.

The award was presented at the 3rd Asia Cornea Society Biennial Scientific Meeting held in Manila, Phillipines, from November 27 to 29, 2012.

Dr Rao developed the first international standard eye bank in Asia at L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in Hyderabad in 1989 and it has since grown into a major global resource centre and Centre of Excellence in eye banking over the years. It is a SightLife Centre of Excellence in Eye Banking. The Ramayamma International Eye Bank(RIEB) at LVPEI is now one of the biggest eye banks in the world and LVPEI in Hyderabad performs the highest number of corneal transplants from any single centre in the world. In addition to service, the Ramayamma International Eye Bank is also one of the major training centres for eye banking personnel and research in the world. It also offers certificate courses and training to different cadres of eye bank personnel from India and abroad.

The RIEB manufactures and supplies the McKarey Kauffman (MK) Medium for preservation and storage of corneas and eye tissue material for up to four days. The MK Medium is an economical and cost-effective product for domestic distribution to eye banks within India and 21 others in South East Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Dr. Rao was a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America, and had played a major role in the creation of the Eye Bank Association of India (EBAI) where he was also the former President. Through its activities, EBAI stimulated the development of a world class eye banking network in India, and helped in the development of many eye banks in Asia.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Donavalli Harika storms into semifinal of World Women Chess Championship

KHANTY MANSIYSK (Russia): Grandmaster Donavalli  Harika came up with a spectacular performance in the tiebreak games to beat Zhao Xue of China and enter the last four stage of the World Women Chess Championship.
The Indian set the records right after a real scare in the second game on yesterday and displayed top form to win the first rapid game and then drawing the second easily as white.

The victory means Harika will not only remain in the championship but will also have a fair chance of having a shy at the title with just two matches to go in the premier women event.

In the next round now, Harika will meet
Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria who was world champion in 2004.

Chinese Ju Wenjun defeated compatriot Hunag Qian, while Stefanova accounted for
Marie Sebag of France in the other tiebreak matches.

In the other semifinal, Wenjun will meet Anna Ushenina of
Ukraine who had won in straight games against Nadezhda Kosintseva of Russia.

Harika won with black in the first rapid game that proved to be the decisive factor in the match. Zhao Xue was the last fancied player remaining and she was knocked out in great style.

Taking a cue from her last game, Harika went for something she knows best instead of speculating. The King's Indian turned out to be a good choice as Zhao Xue could not get favourable complexities she was hoping for.

The middle game had all virtues of a typical King's Indian wherein black always had counter play against white's initiative.

Harika obtained a dangerous passed pawn in the center as the game progressed and took it to the seventh rank after Zhao blundered. The game lasted 33 moves.

In the return game, Harika faced the Hedgehog structure with white pieces and got a winning position in quick time. However, she played it safe for a long time and obtained the required draw after 85 moves.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kamma Sangham - Kukatpally Vanabhojanaalu Invitation

We cordially invite your presence on the occasion of the VANABHOJANALU
on 02/12/12 at AGR Gardens at Nizampet-KammaSangham-Nizampet

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Nutakki Priyanka is world chess champ

Nutakki Priyanka is the latest world beater from the AP chess stable. She won the world girls under-10 championship at Moribor, Slovenia on Sunday.

Priyanka drew her 10th round game with Wang Annie of US in 38 moves to seal the title. The fifth standard student of Mustabada Sports and Educational Academy is the second girl from Krishna district to win the world under-10 girls title after Koneru Humpy, who won in 1997.

Priyanka is trained by noted coach V.R. Bobba.
Grandmaster Hari Krishna is another student of Bobba won the under-10 world boys championship in 1996.

“We enrolled her in chess as a pastime during summer vacations after her second Class exams, but were surprised to see her win a district level event. We then joined her at Mr Bobba’s academy,” Priyanka’s mother Durga said. She staked claim in world chess circles in June this year when she won six gold medals — in the rapid, blitz and standard categories in the individual and team enents.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

సామాజిక సేవలో కమ్మవారి పాత్ర

కమ్మవారిలో దాతృత్వ గుణం అనాది కాలంగా ఉంది. పూర్వకాలం నుండి రాజులు, జమిందార్లు, ధనికులైన కమ్మవారు దేవాలయాలు, విద్యా సంస్థలు, సత్రాలు మొదలైన ప్రజా ప్రయోజనం కలిగిన వాటిని ఎన్నింటినో నిర్మించి, ఒక్క తమ కులానికే పరిమితం కాకుండా సమాజానికి మొత్తం ఉపయోగపడే కార్యక్రమాలు ఎన్నో చేశారు.

పదమూడవ శతాబ్దంలో హనుమకొండలో కాకతీయ చక్రవర్తుల నిర్మించిన 'వేయి స్థంబాల దేవాలయం' మరియు పాలంపేట లోని 'రామప్ప దేవాలయం' గొప్ప శిల్ప సంపదకు ప్రసిద్ధి చెందాయి, ఇవే కాకుండా మరెన్నో దేవాలయాలను కాకతీయ చక్రవర్తుల నిర్మించారు.

మదురై, తంజావూర్ కమ్మ నాయక రాజులు 'శ్రీరంగం' లో నిర్మించిన 'శ్రీ రంగనాధ దేవాలయం;. 'తంజావూర్' లో నిర్మించిన 'బృహదీశ్వర ఆలయం', 'మదురై' లో నిర్మించిన ప్రసిద్ధ 'మీనాక్షి దేవాలయం', 'రామేశ్వరం' లోని 'రంగనాధ స్వామి ఆలయం' యెంతో ప్రసిద్ధి గాంచిన నిర్మాణాలు.

పద్నాలుగవ శతాబ్దంలో తాడిపత్రిలో పెమ్మసాని రామలింగ నాయుడు తన పేరుమీద 'రామలింగేశ్వర దేవాలయం' నిర్మించాడు. 

పద్దెనిమిదవ శతాబ్దంలో రాజా వాసిరెడ్డి వేంకటాద్రి నాయుడు కృష్ణ, గుంటూరు జిల్లాల్లో ఎన్నో దేవాలయాలు కట్టించాడు, అమరావతి, చేబ్రోలు, మంగళగిరి, పొన్నూరులో ఉన్న పురాతన దేవాలయాలను పునర్నిర్మించాడు, ఆ దేవాలయాల నిర్వహణ నిమిత్తం భారీగా భూములు దానం చేశాడు.

పద్దెనిమిదవ శతాబ్దంలో చల్లపల్లిలో 'రాజా యార్లగడ్డ అనికినీడు బహదూర్' నిర్మించిన 'శివ గంగ' ఆలయం వారణాసి లోని 'అన్నపూర్ణేశ్వరి దేవి' ఆలయాన్ని పోలి ఉంటుంది.

కోస్తా జిలాల్లో, ముఖ్యంగా కృష్ణ, గుంటూరు, ప్రకాశం మరియు ఖమ్మం జిల్లాల్లో కమ్మ వారు ఎన్నో విద్యాసంస్థలు, కళాశాలలు నిర్మించి మంచి విద్యను అన్ని వర్గాల వారికి అందుబాటులోకి తెచ్చారు.

కృష్ణ జిల్లాలో విజయవాడ, గుడివాడ, వుయ్యూరు, గన్నవరం, గుడ్లవల్లూరు గుంటూరు జిల్లాలో గుంటూరు, తెనాలి, పొన్నూరు, నరసరావుపేట, బాపట్ల, చిలకలూరిపేట, వినుకొండ, రేపల్లె, సత్తెనపల్లి ప్రకాశం జిల్లా ఒంగోలు, చీరాల, కందుకూరు, పశ్చిమ గోదావరి జిల్లాలో ఏలూరు, తణుకు, తూర్పు గోదావరి జిల్లాలో రాజమండ్రి, మండపేట, రామచంద్రాపురం మొదలైన పట్టణాల్లో భూరి దానాలతో కమ్మవారు ఏర్పాటు చేసిన ప్రభుత్వ కళాశాలలకు భవనాలు ఏర్పాటు చేశారు, మరెన్నో తామే స్వయంగా నిర్వహించి ఆ ప్రాంతాల్లో విద్యా వ్యాప్తికి యెంతో కృషి చేసి ఎందరో విద్యా వంతులుగా తీర్చి దిద్ది, తద్వారా ఉద్యోగ, ఉపాధి అవకాశాలు పొందటానికి సహాయం చేశారు.

ఈ జిల్లాల్లో కమ్మవారు పల్లెటూర్లలో కూడా అనేక ప్రాధమిక పాఠశాలలు నిర్మించి విద్యా వ్యాప్తికి అవిరళమైన కృషి చేశారు. ఇప్పటికి ఈ జిల్లాల్లో కమ్మవారు నిర్మించి ఇచ్చిన భవానాల్లోనే ప్రభుత్వ పాఠశాలలు నడుస్తున్నాయి.

కోస్తాజిల్లాల్లో విద్యా రంగంలో యెంతో ప్రసిద్ధి గాంచిన విజయవాడ లయోలా కాలేజి స్థాపనకు చొరవ తీసుకుని ఆర్ధికంగాను మరియు విలువైన భూమిని విరాళంగా ఇచ్చింది కమ్మవారే. అలాగే విజయవాడ లో సిద్దార్ధ కాలేజి, గుడివాడలో ఏ.యన్నార్ కాలేజి, ఏలూరులో సి.ఆర్.రెడ్డి కాలేజి లో (ఈ కాలేజి కి రెడ్డి కులం వారికి ఏ విధమైన సంబంధం లేదు, ఈ కాలేజి ఏర్పాటు చేసింది మాగంటి సీతారామ దాస్ గారు మరియు అల్లూరి బాపినీడు గారు) చదువుకుని దేశ విదేశాల్లో ఉన్న్నత మైన స్థానాల్లో ఉన్నవారెందరో!

గుంటూరు మెడికల్ కాలేజి స్థాపనలో చొరవ తీసుకుని భూరి విరాళాలు ఇచ్చింది కమ్మవారే, కాకినాడ రంగరాయ మెడికల్ కాలేజి ముఖ్య దాత ఆ రోజుల్లోనే ఇదు లక్షలు విరాళమిచ్చిన ముళ్ళపూడి హరిశ్చంద్ర ప్రసాద్ బావమరిది 'దొమ్మేరు జమిందార్' పెండ్యాల రంగారావు'  పేరు మీదుగా ఏర్పాటైంది. విజయవాడ లో కమ్మవారిచే నిర్వహించబడుతున్న సిద్దార్థ అకాడమి వారు స్థాపించిన 'సిద్దార్థ మెడికల్ కాలేజి' ఆ తరువాత ప్రభుత్వంచే జాతియం చేయబడి 'యన్.టి.ఆర్ యునివర్సిటిగా రూపాంతరం చెందింది.

అంతే కాకుండా ప్రైవేటు రంగంలో కూడా ఎన్నో విద్యాలయాలు, సాంకేతిక కళాశాలలు మరెన్నో కోచింగ్ సెంటర్లు ఏర్పాటు చేసి నాణ్యమైన విద్యను ఈ సమాజానికి అందించి విద్యా వ్యాప్తికి ఏంటి కృషి చేస్తున్నారు. ఈ రాష్ట్రంలో ఉన్న మూడు ప్రైవేటు యూనివర్సిటీలు (గీతం, విజ్ఞాన్, కే.యల్.యు) కమ్మవారివే.

తమిళనాడు రాష్ట్రంలో కమ్మసంఘాలు 13 పాటశాలలు, 2 కళాశాలలు, ఒక పాలిటెక్నిక్ కాలేజి, ఒక ఇంజనీరింగ్ కాలేజి నిర్వహిస్తూ విద్యాభివృద్ధికి పాటుపడుతున్నాయి. 

ఆంధ్ర రాష్ట్రంలో కమ్మవారిచే నిర్వహించ బడుతున్న హాస్టల్స్ లో ఇతర కులాలలోని పేద విద్యార్ధులకు కూడా ఆశ్రయం ఇచ్చి తద్వారా సామాజిక సేవ చేస్తున్నారు. యస్.సి వర్గానికి చెందిన మాజీ హైకోర్టు జడ్జి జస్టిస్ కోట పున్నయ్య, రెడ్డి సామాజిక వర్గానికి చెందిన మాజీ మంత్రి శీలం సిద్ధారెడ్డి 'ఖమ్మం పట్టణంలో కమ్మ హాస్టల్లో ఉంది విద్యను అభ్యసించినవారే!  రాష్ట్రంలో కమ్మ సంఘాలు ప్రతి ఏటా పేద విద్యార్ధులకు ఇచ్చే ఉపకార వేతనాల్లో కనీసం ఇరవై శాతం కుల ప్రమేయం లేకుండా ఆర్ధికంగా, సామాజికంగా వెనుక బడిన వర్గాలకు అందచేయబడుతుంది.

వివిధ పట్టణాల్లో మరియు శ్రీశైలం వంటి పుణ్య క్షేత్రాలలో కమ్మవారిచే నిర్వహించబడుతున్న 'సత్రాల్లో' అన్ని కులాల వారికీ ఉచితంగా ఆశ్రయం కల్పించి, అన్నదానం కూడా చేయటం జరుగుతుంది. కమ్మనైన భోజనం తినాలంటే కమ్మవారి ఇళ్లలోనే తినాలని అన్ని కులాలవారు ఒప్పుకోవటం మనకు గర్వకారణం.

కమ్మవారిచే సహాయం పొంది ఉన్నత స్థితిలో ఉన్న వారెందరికో కమ్మవారిలో దాతృత్వం, దయాగుణం గురించి తెలుసు. కమ్మవారెప్పుడూ 'కమ్మనైన' మనసు కలవారు. మనం భవిష్యత్తులో కూడా సమాజం పట్ల, ఇతర కులాలవారి పట్ల ఇదే విధమైన వైఖరితో ఉండి మన కులానికి, మన పూర్వీకుల గౌరవానికి వన్నె తెద్దాం!

The Great Musunuri Nayaks

                                                                   Musunuri Kaapaaneedu
The Musunuri Nayaks were Kamma warrior chieftains in the Kakatiya army, who regained Andhradesa in 1326 from the Delhi Sultanate in the aftermath of the Kakatiya defeat. Prominent among them were Musunuri Prolaneedu and Kaapaneedu.

The conquest of South India (Deccan) by the Delhi Sultanate started in 1296 when Alauddin Khilji, the son-in-law and commander of the Sultan Jalaluddin raided and plundered Devagiri (Maharashtra). Khilji subsequently murdered the Sultan and took over the reins of the Sultanate. The glory and wealth of the Kakatiya kingdom attracted the attention of Khilji. The first foray into the Telugu kingdom was made in 1303 by the Sultan’s armies led by Malik Fakruddin. It was a disaster because of the valiant resistance of the Kakatiya army in the battle at Upparapalli (Karimnagar District). The second attempt was made in 1309 by Malik Kafur who managed to capture the Siripur and Hanumakonda forts. The Warangal fort was taken after a prolonged seize. Malik Kafur indulged in murder and mayhem around the fort which prompted King Pratapa Rudra to make a pact and offer an enormous amount of tribute. Pratapa Rudra asserted his independence in 1320 when there was a change of power in Delhi. The Khilji dynasty ended and Ghiyazuddin Tughlaq ascended the Delhi throne. Tughlaq sent his son Ulugh Khan in 1323 to defeat the defiant Kakatiya king. Ulugh Khan’s raid was repulsed but he returned in a month with a larger and determined army. The unprepared and battle-weary army of Warangal was finally defeated. The loot, plunder and destruction of Warangal continued for months. Loads of gold, diamonds, pearls and ivory were carried away to Delhi on 20,000 horses, 100 elephants and camels. The Kohinoor diamond was part of the booty. The vandalism and atrocities of the invading army demoralized the common people who were unfamiliar with the methods adopted by the invaders. King Pratapa Rudra was taken prisoner. He committed suicide by drowning himself in the river Narmada while being taken to Delhi.

The Valiant Cousins
King Pratapa Rudra’s Kakatiya kingdom was ably served by seventy five chieftains called Nayaks. The Nayaks who belonged to various castes were divided by mutual jealousy and rivalry. However, the Nayak chiefs valiantly fought during the hour of the need. Many Nayak chiefs were captured, converted to Islam and sent back as governors. These included Harihara and Bukka who later established Vijayanagar kingdom at Hampi. Some like Minister Jagannatha Pandit occupied exalted positions in Delhi Durbar.

The year 1323 was a turning point in the history of Telugu country. After the fall of Warangal, Muslim armies marched forward and captured Kondapalli, Kondaveedu, Rajahmundry, Nidadavole, Nellore, and Kolanuveedu forts. The conquest spread up to Madhura (Tamil Nadu) . The Hoysala and Kampili kingdoms in Karnataka also became part of the Delhi Sultanate. The conquest of South India was complete. Ulugh Khan ascended the Delhi throne under the name Muhammad bin Tughluq.
The Telugu country was in great turmoil and ferment. Seeds of revolution were sown. Two patriotic souls, Annaya Mantri and Kolani Rudradeva exhorted and united the remaining Nayak chieftains. They instilled a sense of unity and sacrifice to protect the Telugu country and Hindu Dharma. A dynamic and valiant Nayak hailing from Vengi (in modern-day West Godavari district) was chosen as their leader. He was Musunuri Prolayanayak (Prolaaneedu), a brave and battle-hardy warrior. Prolaynayaka was the son of Pochinayaka who had three brothers namely Devanayaka, Kammanayaka and Rajanayaka. The son of Devanayaka was Kaapayanayaka (Musunuri Kaapaaneedu) who was the right hand man of Prolaya. The other cousins of Prolaya also ably assisted him in his endeavours. Prolaya galvanized all the Nayaks and their progeny and united them with his organizational skills. The Nayaks set aside their differences and rallied under the leadership of Prolaya to safeguard the Hindu religion and the empire.[16] Some of the prominent Nayaks included Addanki Vemareddy, Koppula Prolayanayaka, Recherla Singamanayaka, Manchikonda Ganapatinayaka, Vundi Vengabhupathi etc., They all had a singular objective of liberating Telugu country from the alien invaders.

Triumph and Freedom
Battles were fought at all levels at a great cost and independence was achieved after many a sacrifice. The Nayak armies liberated Warangal by 1326 and drove away Muslims from Telugu country. Many of the inscriptions glorified the victories of Prolaya and the statecraft he practised. The cousins strengthened the forts, rebuilt temples, restored village grants to Brahmins and encouraged arts and literature. The ageing Prolaya (Prolaneedu) retired to the Rekapalli fort (East Godavari district) after vesting the power in the younger and more dynamic Kaapaya.

Inspired by the victories of the cousins, other kingdoms like Kampili, Hoysala, Dwarasamudram and Araveedu asserted independence. Historical evidence showed that the Nayaks actively assisted other kings to achieve freedom from the Sultanate. Harihara and Bukka who were captured at Warangal by Ulugh Khan and converted to Islam were sent by the Sultan to suppress the rebellion of the Hoysala king. The brothers, however, switched sides and went on to establish Vijayanagar Kingdom. Jalaluddin Hassan, the governor of Madhura also declared his independence from the Sultan. This was the "last straw on the camel’s back". The Sultan personally led a huge army southward. He reached Warangal but had to make a hasty retreat. He appointed Malik Maqbul as the governor and left. Historians opined that a great epidemic prevalent during that time and the formidable resistance of the Nayaks were the reasons for the retreat. Kaapaya wanted to utilize the opportunity to liberate the whole of Telangana including Bidar. He sought the help of the Hoysala king in this endeavour. The Nayaks fought in unison and Kaapaya succeeded in capturing the Warangal fort and liberating Telangana from the invaders. The flag of Andhradesa was again unfurled on the Warangal fort. Kaapaya was given the titles “Andhradesaadheeswara” and “Andhrasuratraana”.
It was a moment of great glory in the history of Telugu land which now extended from Srikakulam to Bidar and Siripur to Kanchi. Kaapaya actively encouraged other Hindu kingdoms (Kampili, Dwarasamudram and Hoysala) to unite and help each other against the Sultanate. Vema Reddy of Addanki marched in defence of Kampili and repulsed the Sultan’s attack. Kaapaya and Vema Reddy helped Somadeva of Araveedu to liberate many forts in the Krishna-Tungabhadra region. In the true spirit of camaraderie Kaapaya (Kaapaneedu) allowed a great degree of freedom towards fellow Nayaks. For instance, Vemareddy of Addanki, Koppula Nayaks of Pithapuram, Padma nayaks of Recherla, Bhuvanagiri and Devarakonda etc. enjoyed autonomy.

Kaapaya was always wary of attacks by the Sultan’s armies from the north. He strengthened the forts and replenished the army. However, a new and bigger threat loomed on the horizon. A revolt by a group of Muslim nobles against Muhammad bin Tughluq that began in Devagiri in 1345 culminated in the foundation of the Bahmani Sultanate by Hasan Gangu. He assumed the name Alauddin Bahman Shah and moved his capital to the more centrally located Gulbarga in 1347. Alauddin was an ambitious man and his goal was to conquer the whole of Dakshinapatha (Deccan).

The Decline
The unity fostered by the Musunuri cousins among the Nayaks started showing strains fuelled by envy. Recherla Velama Nayaks led by Singama raided Addanki which was under the control of Vema Reddy. Vema Reddy sought the help of Kaapaya who intervened and forced Singama to accept the confederation. Singama was unable to reconcile to this act. Kaapaya also helped Bahmani king in good faith to ward off Delhi Sultan’s attack. He would soon find Alauddin turn ungrateful.

Singama and his sons induced Alauddin to interfere in the affairs of Warangal. The Bahmani king was only too eager to oblige. Telangana was invaded in 1350. Kaapaya’s army fought an unexpected but heroic battle in vain. He concluded a treaty with Alauddin and surrendered Kaulas fort. This was the first setback to the unified Telugu kingdom.
The death of Muhammad bin Tughluq in 1351 emboldened Alauddin to achieve his goal of expanding his kingdom in the Deccan. He marched into Telangana in 1355 with greatly enlarged army and captured many forts including Bhuvanagiri. Alauddin spent a year in Telangana and engaged in another round of destruction and plunder. He returned to Gulbarga and died in 1359. Mohammed Shah succeeded Alauddin. At this time Kaapaya sent his brave and boisterous son Vinayaka Deva to liberate Kaulas and Bhuvanagiri from the Bahmanis. The Vijayanagar king Bukka Raya actively assisted him in this campaign. Vinayaka Deva had initial successes but was eventually defeated, captured and killed in a ghastly manner.

Kaapaya was disheartened but his goal was to destroy the Bahmani kingdom. Along with Bukka Raya he planned a great expedition against the Bahmanis. Mohammed Shah got enraged and invaded Telangana again. Golconda and Warangal were subdued. Bukka Raya died during this time. Lack of support from Vijayanagar and non-cooperation from Devarakonda and Rachakonda Nayaks also contributed to the fall of Warangal.

Historians feel that Rachakonda Nayaks surreptitiously helped Bahmani king. Mohammed Shah spent two years in Telangana and wiped out all remnants of rebellion. Golconda was chosen as the border between the Bahmani and Warangal kingdoms in 1365. Kaapaya had to present the turquoise throne and large amounts of tribute to Mohammed Shah. This was the major setback and turning point in the history of Andhradesa.

Singamanayaka of Recherla and his sons took advantage of the situation and declared independence. They marched against Warangal ruled by a weakened and disheartened Kaapaya. The treasury was empty and the army was war-weary. Kaapaya met Singama’s army at Bhimavaram and died a martyr’s death. Thus ended the short but glorious reign (1326-1370) of the Musunuri clan which united the Telugu country, its people and its warriors, and protected the Hindu Dharma. The valour, dedication and undaunted spirit of sacrifice of Musunuri Nayaks are unparalleled in the history of Telugu land.

The Nayaks of Bhuvanagiri who eventually came to control Warangal became vassals of the Bahmani kingdom and consequently bereft of any moral or political authority to prevent the horrors of alien conquest, such as forcible conversion, desecration of temples, obstruction to Vedic practices, destruction of property, plunder of wealth, dishonour of womenfolk etc. The Reddy kings of coastal region (Rajahmundry and Kondaveedu) also asserted their independence by the beginning of fifteenth century. The Gajapati kings, Reddy Nayaks and Rachakonda Nayaks were always engaged in bitter rivalry. The Rachakonda Nayaks fought many a battle, at times on behalf of the Bahmani kings, against the Vijayanagar kings who were trying to consolidate Hindu power against Bahmani, Bijapur and Golconda sultans. This was in stark contrast to the policy of Musunuri Nayaks and Vijayanagar Kings who always helped each other in their battles against the Muslim kings. Subsequently Krishna Deva Raya of Vijayanagar prevailed upon all Andhra and Kalinga kings and unified the whole of South India by 1522.

After the martyrdom of Kaapaya Nayak there was an en masse migration of Nayaks and their progeny to the Vijayanagar Kingdom. According to Muslim historian Barani, Harihara the founder of Vijayanagar empire was related to Kaapaya Nayak. However, this contention was not widely agreed. The Nayaks formed the bulwark of Vijayanagar Empire and bravely defended South India and Hindu dharma for the next two centuries (Pemmasani Nayaks, Ravella Nayaks and Sayapaneni Nayaks). Relatives of Kaapaya such as Mummadi and Anavota briefly controlled small areas in the coastal districts which were eventually absorbed into the Reddy Kingdom. Nayaks who were unwilling to surrender and serve as vassals were pursued and killed by the Muslim armies.

Monday, November 12, 2012

APKSS Vanabhojanalu (Garden party) Schedule for 2012

Andhra Pradesh Kammavari Seva Sangham Vanabhojanalu Schedule for 2012

November 18th : Ongole - At Gundlakamma dam, function starts with Venkateswara Swamy Vratam with 1008 couples. 

December 2nd : Hyderabad - At AGR Gsrdens, Nizampet - Kukatpally.

November 8th : Khammam 

December 9th : Kurnool - At Kammavari Kalyanamantapam.

For more details please contact: B.Venkata Rao, Gen.Secretary - APKSS @ 9246464649/  Sreenivasa Chakravarthy Kanakamedla , Secretary (Publicity) - APKSS @ 9133322725.

దీపావళి శుభాకాంక్షలు

Wish you Happy and colorful Dipavali

Pratima Yarlagadda: Former Miss Indiana and Miss USA finalist

Actress, Host, Model and Beauty Queen, Pratima Yarlagadda grew up in a small Amish town in the heart of the Midwest.

In this unlikely setting, her parents, Indian immigrants, began their families' quest for the American dream. Pratima, the middle of three children, rose above convention and expectation when she was crowned Miss Indiana USA. She went on to make Miss Universe history as the first woman of East Indian descent to place in the top six at Miss USA 1999. Her accomplishments were featured in newspapers and publications such as India Today which recognized her as a forthcoming East Indian presence in the entertainment industry.

Pratima signed with internationally renowned Ford Models after moving to New York City. Her work has been featured in prestigious publications including Vogue Italia, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Town and Country and Glamour. She has had the honor of working with photographers such as Victor Skrebneski and modeled for Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, Giuseppe Zanotti, Hanes, Stefan Hafner, Arbonne and Artistry Cosmetics among others. Her formal theatrical education began in NY where she studied the Meisner technique. Pratima's work eventually took her to Los Angeles where she currently resides. Her Film, TV, and Theatre credits include: performing as Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's classic and appearances in "The Arranged Marriage", "New Girl", "How To Seduce Difficult Women", "Outsourced", "All My Children" and "Beautiful". Additionally, Pratima hosts a series of lifestyle events. She has conducted interviews with Salman Rushdie, Kal Penn, and Mira Nair in connection with this endeavor.

Growing up in a family that strongly believes in philanthropy, Pratima is part of a charitable project created to construct a hospital for the poor. Menno-Clinic India, built in the donated remains of her mother's childhood home, is a free hospital that was opened in 2002. It currently serves a population of 20,000 that previously had no access to healthcare. Additionally, Pratima was the founder and creator of WIN, Working to Instill New Attitudes, a summer day camp for at-risk children.

Pratima graduated magna cum laude from St. Mary's-Notre Dame where she was a Harry S. Truman nominee. She had the honor of becoming a CLEO Scholar and holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Brandeis School of Law where she also received the Book Award for Conflicts of Law.

She is the first woman of East Indian descent to place in the top ten at Miss USA.
She is a Ford Model.
Guest Speaker for Harvard South Asian Association.
Has a Juris Doctorate degree.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

ANZ Hires Rakesh Jampala As Sydney-Based Head of Rates

Australia & New Zealand Banking Group ANZ.AU has appointed former Deutsche Bank DBK.XE Head of Swaps Trading Rakesh Jampala as its Sydney-based Head of Rates, people familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Mr. Jampala, who spent almost a decade at Deutsche before resigning in early October, will join ANZ in January, one of the people said. He will report to Singapore-based Anshul Sidher, who the Australian bank hired from Barclays BARC.LN  earlier this year.

Outside of financial markets, Mr. Jampala helped found the Swami Army, a network Indian cricket supporters with delegates in Australia, the U.K., the U.S and Asia.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Anand Tummala: Team USA Cricket player

Anand Tummala (born 21 October 1978 in VuyyuruAndhra PradeshIndia) is a cricketer for the United States.
Anand first appeared in the United States national cricket team as an all-rounder in 2011 in the Etihad T20 Cricket Tournament hosted by Cricket Canada in King City, Ontario (August 11–13, 2011). Anand made an impression with his debut bowling figures of 3 over, 1 maiden, 10 runs & 2 wickets against arch rivals Canada. Anand bowled exceptionally well against Trinidad & Tobago in the second match with figures of 2 for 24 in 4 Overs.
Anand went on to be part of USA Cricket Team in the historical K.A. Auty Trophy (2 day match, played on August 15 & 16 2011, held at Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club which dates back to 1844 between USA & Canada.
Anand’s performance in the K.A. Auty Trophy was excellent with match bowling figures of 25 overs, 97 runs, 3 maidens and 3 wickets. Anand scored 88 runs in the match with 63 being his highest in the second innings which almost won the game for USA.
Anand also played First-class cricket in India (Ranji Trophy) for Delhi in 2001-02 & has also played Premier league cricket in Gwent, Glamorgan, UK. He completed his Schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi & College from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.
Anand also acquired his Level I and level II cricket coaching certifications from the England & Wales Cricket Board during his stay at the University of Wales, Newport where he completed his MBA in 2007.
Anand was appointed Coach & Captain for the University of Wales, Newport Cricket team & also went on to be signed as Senior Coach & Player for Croesyceiliog Cricket Club in South Wales Premier League (Gwent, Glamorgan), UK.
Anand has also worked closely with Bishan Bedi (former Indian team Coach & Captain) while he represented Bishan Bedi Cricket Coaching Trust teams in England & Australia.
Anand now plays for North Atlanta Cricket Club in the Atlanta Georgia Cricket Conference (AGCC). He has also represented South East Region of USA where he has performed exceptionally well.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

How a damsel in distress triggered a business idea

Vijay Gummadi and Venu Donepudi are cousins, friends, married to sisters and partners in a business. Both were working in the automobile industry in the US and, one fine day, decided that they should go back to India and start a venture in the automotive sector, may be a multi-brand car-service chain. On their trips home, they noticed the growing number of vehicles on the roads with only the dealer network available to take care of these cars.
“Apart from that, there is a story that you should read on our Web site,” says Venu. “It is about the love for a distressed damsel and the automobile, and how it got us into this industry,” adds Vijay, quite helpfully. “A triangular love story,” pipes in Venu. What is it about, you ask them. “You should read it,” replies Venu, during a recent interaction in Delhi.


Now cut to Carz’s Web site: Vijay and Venu were on a visit to India in 2007. Both were movie buffs. And both had gone to watch the Hollywood movieTransformers on the first day of its release in India. Dinner after the second show, they were driving out of the basement car park when they saw a woman waving at them to stop. The duo stopped and found that she was having problems starting her car and could not find help anywhere. Being auto-industry professionals and knowing a thing or two about checking a car, Vijay and Venu jumped out, fixed the problem and sent the woman on her way. She — Vedika — thanked them, said they should keep in touch and suggested, as she was driving away, that they should build something out of their expertise. Vijay and Venu still argue about whom Vedika wanted to keep in touch with. But one thing they are not arguing about is their business. Carz — or Vahan Motors Pvt Ltd, as the company is known — was set up in Hyderabad. Vijay, 37, has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a master’s in manufacturing systems, and is Founder and CEO. Venu, 38, has a bachelor’s in electronics and telecommunications and is Founder and Managing Director.


The two studied the market for servicing cars, including in smaller towns. They even hired a professional market-research agency, whose findings validated their own conclusion that there was scope for an independent multi-brand car-service chain. Carz was formed in March 2008, with about Rs 1.5 crore of funds, mainly theirs and some from family and friends. Indo-US Venture Partners, a venture-capital firm, invested about Rs 22.5 crore ($5 million) in Carz. There are 16 Carz service centres now, all in the South, and this number will increase to 20 by January. They hope to add 30 centres next year.
They have positioned Carz as a neighbourhood service centre, where customers can even watch their vehicles being serviced. Everything is explained upfront to the customers.
Each centre, according to Vijay, will be spread over 10,000 sq. ft and requires Rs 1.2 crore to set up. They will have 12-16 bays and will be able to carry out all kinds of repairs, including accident repair. The service centres will have a paint booth too.
What about getting genuine spares for the vehicles, especially since automobile manufacturers do not sell spares outside their network? “There is a whole network of aftermarket parts manufacturers worldwide,” says Vijay. “We source a large part of the components from these reputed global manufacturers,” he adds. Besides, all the vehicles made in India are part of global platforms for the manufacturers; which means they are sold in other countries, from where too parts can be bought. There are importers who source parts and supply them for the aftermarket.
Each centre handles about 25 cars a day, and Carz has a 75,000-strong customer base. It has about 400 employees. The challenge as they grow, say Vijay and Venu, is in maintaining customer satisfaction levels.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kammas selected for IAS, IPS and IRS 2012

Malapati Pavan (Rank - 53) selected for IAS, Mandava Harsha Vardhan, S/O Mr.Manndava Vishnuvardhan Rao IPS, IG - Jarkhand (Rank - 165) selected for IPS and Kotapati Vamsi Krishna (Rank - 197) selected for IPS but choosed IRS.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Kamma factor plays spoiler Kamma daughter Purandareswari

HYDERABAD: The Kamma lobby in the Congress seems to have played spoilsport with their own `muddu bidda.' Daggubati Purandeswari, who was hopeful of elevation to the cabinet rank till a few minutes before Manmohan Singh effected the much-needed cabinet reshuffle on Sunday morning, was left to fend for the crumbs. If sources are to be believed, her chances were scuttled by a strong Kamma troika led by senior MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao who put in his papers on Saturday after he was denied a berth.

Party insiders aver that the high command was forced to beat a hasty retreat following vehement opposition from the MPs -- Kavuri, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and Renuka Chowdary -- who were already sulking after being ignored by the PM.

Purandeswari's "short-lived dream" fell apart thanks to the strong opposition put up by Kavuri, Rayapati and Renuka, sources said.

"They made their position very clear to the high command that their supporters would be let down and could invite a strong reaction if Purandeswari were to be elevated as they are the senior leaders in the community," the sources said. Insiders said Renuka was livid within the closed walls of the party and the high command had to toe her line. Kavuri, a five-time MP and staunch loyalist, has already sent his resignation in protest against his non-induction in the cabinet.

In fact, the disappointing news came a bit late in the day for Purandeswari as she was all gung-ho to take oath as there was clear communication from the party top brass about her elevation as cabinet minister. She was also `promised' the high-profile commerce portfolio. But Purandeswari, the prodigal daughter of TDP founder NTR, was in for a shock when AICC president Sonia Gandhi reportedly called her up at around 10.30 am to inform her about the sudden `change of plan'.

"Sonia Gandhi called me up and explained the situation. I am convinced with whatever my leader has reasoned out for me. I am grateful to her and the Prime Minister for considering me worthy enough to handle the important commerce portfolio," Purandeswari said, betraying no emotion. Though she declined to elaborate any further, she said she was prepared to take up the responsibility of the commerce portfolio as a minister of state. "I would discharge my duties as a disciplined party worker," she added. Now, Purandeswari as MoS without independent charge will have to work under Anand Sharma.

Insiders said another factor which played dirty with Purandeswari was Sharma's reluctance to move out of the commerce ministry. "Anand Sharma was not ready to move out of the commerce ministry and the party high command kowtowed to him. It could play ball with a junior minister like Purandeswari but not with Anand Sharma who is a senior leader," a highly placed source in the Congress told. 

While the internal caste dynamics put paid to the hopes of Purandeswari, sources said the high command was none too happy with her for going around publicly celebrating the news of her possible elevation much before the PM could announce it. "Purandeswari has to blame herself for putting foot in her mouth," a senior leader said.

Meanwhile, Kavuri, it is learnt, has been assured of a `bigger role' in the party. "He could be made a general secretary making him in-charge of a couple of Congress-ruled states," sources said. Serious efforts are already on to calm the nerves of Rayapati and Renuka also. When contacted, Rayapati said: "I have made my position clear to the high command and it is up to them to take a call." Curiously, he tried to extend support to Purandeswari. "I feel sorry for Purandeswari," he said.

Ignored for Cabinet, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao resigns

Congress MP from Eluru, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, Saturday resigned from the Lok Sabha after getting hints that he won’t be inducted into the Cabinet.

“Time and again I have been ignored though I am a five-time MP. People several years junior to me are being chosen while I have been ignored though I have faithfully served the party for 40 years and have been an MP for over 20 years. I have sent my resignation letter to Speaker Meira Kumar and PM Manmohan Singh expressing my disappointment,’’ he said in a statement.

Last year, Kavuri had threatened to resign as, he had said, he was being ignored for a ministerial job. This time, Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal and Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel tried to pacify him and talk him into withdrawing his resignation, but Kavuri refused, saying he was expecting a call this time but the Congress again let him down.
For long, Mr. Rao had been aspiring for a Cabinet berth every time there was talk of expansion. This time round he was very confident of finding a place.

Party sources said the high command had decided to keep away from the Cabinet MPs having business interests or those who were industrialists and circulated this message to those who matter.

The Eluru MP has extensive business interests in infrastructure development.

It is understood that Ms. Sonia Gandhi’s Political Secretary, Ahmed Patel, spoke to Mr. Rao and promised that his services would be duly recognised by giving him a key party post. Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy also telephoned Mr. Rao and requested him to withdraw his resignation.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Purandeswari may become Commerce Minister

New Delhi, Oct. 27: The exercise for affecting a reshuffle of the Union Cabinet, probably the last for the UPA-II regime before the 2014 general elections, appears to be on in full swing.
Speculation is rife that Commerce Minister and Sonia Gandhi loyalist Anand Sharma will move to the Ministry of External Affairs in place of the just resigned S.M.Krishna, while Daggubati Purandeswari from Andhra Pradesh will be made the country's next Commerce Minister.
Purandeswari, the daughter of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N.T. Rama Rao, is currently the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development. Sunday's proposed revamp of the Cabinet may also see Dinshaw Patel, who represents Gujarat's Kheda constituency, being upgraded from Minister of State to full Cabinet rank.
Purandeswari, who has been a Lok Sabha MP since 2004, said she was happy to hear the news, and would like to thank Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi for giving her a new opportunity and honor.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

NRI doctor Kodali Siva Rama Krishna Prasad bags two awards

Orthopaedic surgeon Kodali Siva Rama Krishna Prasad received the awards in London recently.

A native of Guntur district and now an orthopaedic surgeon at Prince Charles Hospital, United Kingdom, Kodali Siva Rama Krishna Prasad received the “Mahatma Gandhi Samman” and “Gem of India” awards recently.

The awards, he received on behalf of the NRI Welfare Society of India International Friendship Society, were presented in the Global Achievers Conclave in London. “All my awards are dedicated to the memory of my parents”, said the doctor.

Expressing his happiness on receiving the awards, he said that he feels it a part of his destiny that his life is intertwined between India and United Kingdom. He finished his schooling in George Coronation Higher Secondary School, Thurumella before joining Guntur Medical College in 1966. Later he obtained ECFMG and VQE from Philadelphia and has been settled as an orthopaedic surgeon in United Kingdom.

He has been the recipient of many awards like the “Glory Achievers”, “Rashtriya Pragati”, “Vidya Ratna Puraskar”, “Glory of India”, “Indira Gandhi Seva Ratna”, “Shining Image of India” and many more.

It was indeed a great honour to play a small part in the impending re-emergence of the image of India, said Dr. Kodali Siva Rama Krishna Prasad. It gives me great pleasure in contributing towards the positive image, he said.

Friday, October 19, 2012

7Seas Entertainment's wins 9th International Gold Stevie Business Awards

7Seas Entertainment Ltd (Lingamaneni Maruti Sankar, Chairman and MD) has won the 'International Gold Stevie® Business Award 2012' for its free online gaming portal under the 'Best Website Design' Category.

Recipients of International Stevie Award trophies were selected from more than 3200 entries received from organizations and individuals in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Notable Stevie® Business award winners this year in various other categories include SAP AG. Germany, HSBC U.K, Qualcomm Inc., USA, Samsung Electronics, South Korea etc.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

4G Identity Solutions (4Gid) Ranks 4th in Inc. India 500 Rankings for the Fastest Growing Companies

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh: 4G Identity Solutions, a pioneer and global leader in providing large scale identity management solutions, has been ranked as the 4th fastest-growing company by Inc. India, the Indian edition of Inc., the leading US magazine that focuses on entrepreneurship and growth. The listing consists of India’s 500 fastest growing mid-size enterprises. 

The rankings are based on the Net Sales CAGR (Continuous Annual Growth Rate) from April 2007 to March 2011 and certain subjective parameters like innovations, leadership, and credibility so on. 4Gid stood 4th in the ranking with a Net Sales CAGR of 395% during the period of evaluation. 4Gid has done significantly well to achieve this ranking in which more than 5000 companies from 40 different industry sectors participated. 

Dr. Sreeni Tripuraneni, Chairman & CEO, 4G Identity Solutions speaking on this achievement said, “We are honored to be listed 4th amongst the fastest growing 500 companies. This recognition shows that 4Gid has been evolving constantly since inception in the biometric identity space and has its foot firmly pressed on the growth pedal to take identity solutions to next level on a global scale.” 

PVP ventures keen on bagging IPL franchise of its own

With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) terminating Deccan Chargers' contract and floating a tender for a new franchise in the Indian Premier League(IPL), top corporates have shown keen interest in bagging a team of their own.

While the Jaypee Group and leading industrialist Gautam Adani have made no bones about their interest, one man who could hold the edge is Potluri Vara Prasad - owner of PVP Ventures.

Although the BCCI have kept the bidding process pretty straightforward, it is believed that PVP Ventures - who had earlier tried to help the financially crippled Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd (DCHL) and buy Deccan Chargers - have a top board official backing them.

A senior BCCI official said that PVP Ventures could well end up owning the new franchise after their attempt to buy Deccan turned futile.

"PVP Ventures' plan to buy Deccan Chargers might have been foiled after DCHL didn't like the terms of payment, but it won't come as a surprise if  they end up winning the bid and own the new franchise. Even when they had bid for Deccan, their tender was in complete accordance with IPL rules and regulations," the Board official told Mail Today.

"The very fact that a formal announcement was made that PVP Ventures' bid met BCCI's eligibility and suitability criteria was an indication that the board wanted to keep the door open for future negotiations with them. There was discussion within the board that the offer made by PVP -Rs.90 crore over five years - was a good one even under normal circumstances, let alone while bailing out DCHL," he said.

The release from BCCI had read: "The bid that was received by DCHL met the BCCI's eligibility and suitability criteria.

The bid was then reviewed by DCHL who, in its discretion and with no role being played by BCCI, rejected the bid on the basis of the payment terms offered by the bidders."

The official further said that the process of floating the tender document and rushing up matters with regard to inviting bids for the new franchise was done keeping in mind PVP's case.

"Generally these things take a little time. But this time round, the board swung into action immediately and the tender was floated and closing date for submission of bids announced. The whole course of action was hastened keeping in mind PVP's keen interest to buy an IPL team," the official said.

On the issue of where exactly the new team will hail from if PVP won the bid, the official said: "One shouldn't be too surprised if the new team hails from Hyderabad. Vishakhapatnam is another option that PVP Ventures could look at."

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pranjala Yadlapalli crowned champion

NEW DELHI,October 13, 2012: Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Tarrannum Handa 6-7(8), 6-0, 7-5 in the girls under - 18 final of the Fenesta National tennis championship at the DLTA Complex here on Saturday.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pharmexil Awards for Bharat Biotech, Granules and Suven Life Sciences

Hyderabad-based corporates — Bharat Biotech, Granules and Suven Life Sciences (All companies belongs to Kammas) — have bagged awards for 2011-12 from the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexil).

The winners were presented with the awards at the recent India-Asia-Pacific pharma business meet and annual general body meeting of the council.
Bharat Biotech won the silver patent award in recognition of its contributions in biotech products and research.
The company has filed several novel patents.
Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director, said the award recognises the innovation at Bharat Biotech, and the credit goes to the researchers who have worked hard to make it happen.
Suven Life Sciences Ltd received the platinum patent award for securing the most number of product and process patents for the fourth year in a row.
The company secured 96 product patents for their New Chemical Entities and 9 process patents during 2011-12 from several countries including US, Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada. So far, the company has got a total of 541 product patents globally, said Venkat Jasti, CEO.
In another development, Granules India Ltd,  has been recognised as India’s most-admired company in exports & bulk drugs at the 5th Annual Pharmaceutical Business Leadership Awards, organised by Pharmaleaders, in association with BSE, Pharmexcil and IBEF.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Kamma IRS (Indian Revenue Service) Officers list

Kamma IRS (Indian Revenue Service) officers (Past and Present) 

1. P.A.Chowdary
2. Muthuluri Narasimhappa
3. Kata Chandrahas
4. Kotha Hari Prasad
5. Kosaraju Veeraiah Chowdary
6. Koripalli Nageswara Rao
7. Venigalla NagaPrasad
8. Jasti Krishna Kishore
9. Bathina Ramesh
10. Vemulapalli Ramu
11. Bodduluri Hareram
12. Sunkara V.S.S.Prasad
13. Yalavarthi Rajendra
14. Kondaveeti Purnachandra Rao
15. Chirumamilla Venkanna Chowdary
16. K.S.Rajendra Kumar
17. M.Subbaiah Chowdary
18. Katragadda Haritha
19. Vadlamudi Raghavendra Rao
20. Athota Satyanarayana
21. Edara Ravi Kiran

22. Kalyanam Rajesh Rama Rao
23. Dinesh Paruchuri
24. Vinaya Kumar Kantheti
25. Vikram Chand Meka
26. Venkata Siva Prasad Chirala
27. Siripurapu Padmaja
28. Cherukuri Srinivasa Rao
29. Vootla Appa Rao
30. Nuvvula Lakshmi Prasad
31. Uppalapati Anjaneyulu
32. Kotapati Vamsi Krishna
33. Ravi Anuradha
34. Valluri Srinivas
35. Vasantha Vijaya Babu
36. Kancherla HariPrasada Rao
37. Kantipudi Krishna Rao
38. Panda Gangadhar
39. Anumala Mallikarjuna Rao
40. Tummala Reddi Sekhar Naidu
41. Sompalle Gurukumar
42. Nuthalapati Sowmya
43. N.Ramkumar (Tamilnadu)
44. D.P. Naidu (Tamilnadu)
45. Seerani V Vidaysagar (Tamilnadu)
46. M.Prabhakaran (Tamilnadu)
47. Venkataswamy (Tamilnadu)

48. D.Kumutha (Tamilnadu)
49. Sivanna Reddy (Karnataka)

50. Goli Srinivasa Rao
51. Kotapati Vasmsi Krishna
52. Attaluri Alankrutha

Friday, October 5, 2012

Infosys Honors India’s Best Student Programmers (B Sai Aishwarya, Nekkanti Anudeep and Sindhura Katta) at Aspirations 2020

Bangalore: Infosys, a global leader in consulting and technology, announced on October 1, the winners of Aspirations2020, a nationwide online programming contest. The Campus Connect program, a unique industry-academia partnership organized by Infosys, administers the Aspirations2020 awards. 

This year's Aspirations2020 drew registrations from more than 32,000 teams in 517 engineering colleges across 20 Indian states. The contest's exciting finale on September 28, 2012 in Bangalore culminated with 14 three-member teams competing for top prizes. B Sai Aishwarya, Nekkanti Anudeep and Sindhura Katta from Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology and Sciences, Visakhapatnam won the top prize and each member received 64GB iPads. Ajeet Kumar Jha, Ameen Mohammed Talha and Coca Sai Prajeeth from M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology bagged the runners-up prize and each member took home 32GB iPads.
Aspirations2020, now in its fifth year, aims to enhance problem-solving, algorithmic-thinking and logical-reasoning skills among pre-final and final year of Master of Computer Applications (MCA) and engineering students. 

"Aspirations2020 provides budding, young engineers an opportunity to put their skills and abilities to test," said Kris Gopalakrishnan, Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys. "I congratulate the winners for displaying top-notch programming skills and an ability to deliver under extreme pressure - both of which are critical to thriving in an increasingly competitive and globalized work environment." 

Added Srikantan Moorthy, Senior Vice-President and Group Head, Education & Research, Infosys: "Our aim has been to bring together the best student engineers from across India and provide them with a platform to do problem solving, to interact, to network, and to learn from each other. We look forward to building on this platform in the years ahead." 

The Infosys Campus Connect program aims at aligning the talents of engineering students with industry needs. Launched in May 2004, working with just 60 colleges, Campus Connect now reaches out 500 engineering colleges across the country.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dr.Krishna Kasaraneni among UK's top 50 family physicians

Four doctors of Indian origin have been featured in the list of 50 most influential family physicians in Britain by a magazine, and among them is Dr Krishna Vardhan Kasaraneni from Andhra Pradesh.

The Kasaranenis are well-known in Guntur and almost everyone in the family is a physician or a surgeon. Dr Krishna’s grandfather, Dr Kasaraneni Sadasiva Rao, was a famous surgeon, a philanthropist and an elected representative to the State Legislative Assembly.

“I did my initial schooling from Vignan High School in Guntur and moved to the UK when I was 15,” says Dr Krishna adding that it was his parents’ decision to move; he recalls that it was the only time he had seen his grandfather cry.

He graduated in medicine from the Leicester Medical School in 2005 and was elected to the chair of the General Physicians Trainees Committee in 2011. “As the chairman of the GP Trainees Committee, I represent 10,000 doctors in the UK. I was elected to this position in 2011 and was re-elected last week,” he says.

This is no small responsibility. He says, “Being responsible and accountable for that many doctors is by no means an easy task and takes up most of my time. It is a great privilege that comes with immense responsibility.” Although medicine was almost like a family profession, Dr Krishna was still given the freedom by his parents to choose whatever he wanted to do. “I was given a free rein by my parents. All they ever wanted me to be was good at what I did,” he recollects.

Though it has been 17 years since he left Guntur, the memories are still fresh. “It was a small town and I still remember the day Guntur was declared a city and elected its first mayor, Dr Kolli Sharada. I loved everything about the place, my family, friends, the streets, the vendors, the colours, and so much more,” he says.

So now after the experience of medicinal politics in the UK and his grandfather’s legacy in Guntur, does he think of a political career in the state? “Politics in India is way too complex. I believe in unity and equality — this doesn’t seem to be the flavour of the political scene in India and particularly AP at the moment,”he says adding that he, however, still dreams of coming back to India.


IMAPS Announces Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr.Rao R Tummala

At the 44th Annual Symposium on Microelectronics, IMAPS (International Microelectronics And Packaging Society) announces Lifetime Achievement award to Dr.Tummala R Rao the highest honors the Society can bestow.

Dr. Tummala’s leadership and contributions that are a cornerstone of the microelectronics and electronic packaging industries. Rao is a legend in their community having made valuable and extensive contributions to both packaging technologies and the training of future leaders.
Dr. Rao Tummala is a Distinguished and an Endowed Chair Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is also the Founding Director of an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) called the Microsystems Packaging Research Center (PRC) pioneering the Second Law of Electronics (the first being Moore ’s Law) by his System-On-Package (SOP) vision. The PRC is currently the largest and most comprehensive micro-systems packaging research, education and industry collaboration Center involving 200 students and 15 faculty from ECE, ME, ChE and MSE departments, and 40 global companies from the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is also an Eminent scholar for the State of Georgia.

Dr. Tummala has published over 320 technical papers, holds 71 U.S. patents and inventions, and authored the first modern reference book for microsystems packaging in 1988, and the first undergraduate textbook in 2001. He is a fellow of the IEEE, IMAPS, and the American Ceramic Society; a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and was the President of the IEEE-CPMT Society and IMAPS Society. He is a consultant to many of the Fortune 500 electronics companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia

Confessions of a beauty queen

Confessions_of_a_beauty_queen_postnoon_news_1Anne Aneesha Chowdary , who was the only Telugu girl to make it to the top five finalists at the recent ‘I Am She’ beauty paegent, recounts the experience and how she missed the crown by a whisker.

There’s a reason why filmmakers in the Telugu film industry hardly cast Telugu speaking actresses in their films and instead look for aspiring actresses or models from Mumbai. Acting in films and modeling is still considered a taboo in most Telugu households. No wonder, it was a pleasant surprise when people realised that one of the finalists in the ‘I Am She’ beauty pageant, which was recently held in Hyderabad, was a Telugu girl from Hyderabad. Aneesha Chowdary impressed a lot of people at the contest and she was within touching distance from ending up in the top three contestants, who’ll represent India, at Miss Universe, Miss Globe International and Miss Asia Pacific World beauty pageants later this year.

Born and brought up in Hyderabad, she completed her schooling from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Public school and later, when she got admission in BITS-Pilani, she chose to stay back in Hyderabad. “I was a good student in school and in my intermediate first year, I got 4th rank in the entire State. I had got an admit in a five year programme at BITS-Pilani; however, I am the only child and I didn’t want to pursue the five-year programme, so I decided to stay back in Hyderabad,” Aneesha says.
She graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from Muffakham Jah college of Engineering and Technology and went on to work with Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) in Singapore for almost three and half years. Quite rarely does one come across a Telugu girl like her who would leave a lucrative job and take part in a beauty pageant. So how did her parents react? “I come from a conservative family and I had to convince them a lot,” she smiles and adds, “they wanted me to do an MBA from ISB and I convinced them saying that taking part in this beauty paegent will really help me build a diverse profile.” A smart move, indeed.
As cliched as it may sound, Aneesha says that she never wanted to be a model. What made her change her mind? “I have always wanted to represent India at an international level. I wanted to play cricket but I was told by NCA that I was too old to take up sports. I was quite
disappointed, but I Am She seemed like a good option to represent India. I won’t deny that I want name and fame that comes along with representing India, but it also gives people a great platform to follow their heart,” she says.
So what did she really want to do? “On my 18th birthday, I went to Sishu Vihar and I was heartbroken to see that out of 30 babies, 27 were girls; all of them healthy. It was a disturbing sight and ever since I have been contributing some part of my income for their well being. For a long time, I had been thinking about quitting my job, be actively involved with NGOs, raise funds and do something for the underprivileged,” she reveals.
Naturally, her decision to take part in the beauty paegent came as a huge shock to her parents. “I didn’t tell them when I applied for the initial round last year,” she says. But the most discomforting part of the whole journey was the bikini round. “I had no idea that there was going to be a bikini round on stage in the final round and it got worse when I came to know that the media was going to be present. At one point of time, I wanted to quit, but the I Am She team convinced me to stay back,” she reveals.
How did her parents react? “My friends told me after the show that my father was restless and he had walked out during that round,” she says, teary eyed. “I really wanted to win this for my father. He has always been my biggest support, be it a banking job or a beauty paegent.”
The biggest learning experience, she says, was walking on the ramp and being comfortable in a bikini. “I lost nearly 10 kg in six months for the beauty paegent. Most of the training sessions revolved around improving our diction and etiquette. I was very good at both of them, so it was a breeze when I made it to the top 5,” Aneesha recalls.
Judges at most beauty pageants are notorious when it comes to asking contestant questions, which can range from how will she change the world to how she’ll help bring global peace. But Aneesha faced a trickier question – What came first – The Egg or the Chicken? “According to me the egg came first because as a child, I ate egg first and until a certain age, I didn’t taste chicken” was her reply, which received a thunderous response. “It really was a spontaneous reply. Sushmita Sen had specifically told us to be honest with our answers and not give cliched ones. Unfortunately, most contestants do not follow such instructions,” she laughs.
In the final round, which she thought would be a cake walk, she was asked “What are the three qualities that a woman should possess to represent India, that you have learnt from I Am She?” There was an echo which cost her dearly. “I couldn’t hear the last part of the question, so I answered — self confidence, self belief and traditional values from parents. The last one was out of context, which worked against me,” she recalls, and adds, “Sushmita had told us that confidence and how you talk are more important than what you say. There’s a lot of partiality throughout the show because the winner made it from top 10 to top 5, despite stammering and giving irrelevant answers ”
So what’s next? Is acting on the cards? “I haven’t thought about anything. I’ve been approached for a lot of fashion weeks. Every one came and told me that I was a winner for them and I deserved to win,” she says, adding, “but I would try to convince my parents again, if I get a chance to act alongside Mahesh Babu or Prabhas.” Those final words are proof enough that she’s a quintessential Telugu girl.