Monday, April 30, 2012

National Order for South African writer Muthal Naidoo

Pretoria: Veteran actress, playwright and writer Muthal Naidoo was the sole Indian-origin South African to receive a National Order from President Jacob Zuma here on Friday evening.

Zuma honoured men and women, who have made great contributions to South Africa`s democracy, by bestowing National Orders on them since 2010 at a ceremony at the Presidential Guesthouse on the annual Freedom Day public holiday.


National Orders are awarded to deserving citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed meaningfully towards making the country a free, democratic and successful nation, united in its diversity.

Naidoo, 76, received the Order of Ikhamanga, joining several other local and international recipients of the orders made in several categories.

Naidoo was an actress and playwright in the alternative theatre movement which spoke out against apartheid and has also written extensively on a wide range of subjects from democracy and international conflict to the rituals of the Tamil community in South Africa.

"The story of our journey from an apartheid South Africa, to a free, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa is what we are celebrating today. Whenever we celebrate Freedom Day we are reminded about such instances of injustice, and our historical past - that not so long ago we had no freedom, no peace and no justice to celebrate," Zuma said.

The Order of Companions of OR Tambo, previously also given to Mahatma Gandhi, American politician Edward Kennedy.

Gutta Jwala Makes history, qualifies for two Olympic events

NEW DELHI: Jwala Gutta will become the first Indian to qualify for two events - mixed and women's doubles - in the Olympics when the world rankings are out next week and the doubles specialist said she was delighted and hoped to bring laurels to the country at the London Games.

In the 1992 Barcelona Games, Vimal Kumar and Dipankar Bhattacharjee had played in the singles and men's doubles category though they had qualified only in singles and hence were given an entry in doubles event as well.

But it would be for the first time that any of the Indian doubles pairing will get a direct entry in the history of Olympics when the world ranking will be freezed on May 3.

"We are finally through. We got our job done. I would be happy to know it the next week officially. But I am delighted. It is a special feeling and we hope to play good badminton in Olympics," she said.

"We had lost in the first round last year and here we reached the quarterfinals, which will fetch us 3000 points and we will go ahead of the Malaysian pair who are above us now. It doesn't matter now if the Korean pair reaches the top eight," Jwala said explaining the myriad of calculations regarding their Olympic qualification.

Jwala's women's doubles partner, Ashwini Ponnappa said, "The feeling has yet not sink in and when we come to know about it officially, it will sink in."

Asked about her chances of winning a medal in Olympics, Jwala exuded confidence and said it is not impossible.

"Olympic is special and precious for any athlete. When we could win the bronze in the World championship, I think it is not an impossible task to win a medal in Olympics. On a given day, if we are strong on the mind, probably we can win a medal in one of the events.

"Me and Diju had reached the semifinals in China Open last year, we had beaten the world number two then and it is possible to win a medal in both category," she said.

Asked what would be the roadmap now that they have qualified for the Olympics, Jwala said, "We will be working on our consistency. Of course, I will have two events and the competition is very tough and I will work on my fitness in the next two months."

తెలుగుదేశం పార్టీలో కోవర్టులు, ఊసరవెల్లులు, రాజకీయ వ్యభిచారులు నందమూరి 'హరికృష్ణ' & కో














తెలుగు దేశం పార్టీని ప్రక్షాళన చేయవలసిన సమయం ఆసన్నమైంది, ఏవైనా అనుకోని పరిణామాలు జరిగితే తప్ప ఎన్నికలు రావటానికి ఇంకా రెండు సంవత్సరాలు సమయం ఉంది. తల్లి పాలు తాగి రొమ్ము గుద్దే ప్రభుద్దులు చాలా మంది తెలుగుదేశం పార్టీలో ఇంకా ఉన్నారు. 

చంద్రబాబు నాయుడుని వ్యక్తిగతం గా విమర్శించే వారు 'తెలుగు దేశం' పార్టీ అంటే 'చంద్రబాబు నాయుడు' సొంతం కాదని, అతని మీద కక్షతో పార్టీకి వ్యతిరేకంగా ఏ విధంగా ప్రవర్తించినా 'కూర్చున్న కొమ్మను నరుక్కున్న' చందంగా భావించ వలసి వస్తుంది. 'తెలుగు దేశం' పార్టీ 'స్వర్గీయ శ్రీ నందమూరి తారక రామారావు' మానస పుత్రిక, అశేష ఆంధ్రుల 'ఆశా కిరణం'.

ఈ మధ్య సంభవిస్తున్న పరిణామాలను గమనిస్తే, పార్టీలో కొందరు వ్యక్తులు, ముఖ్యంగా 'హరికృష్ణ ' కోటరిగా ముద్రపడిన 'జూనియర్ యన్.టి.ఆర్', వల్లభనేని వంశి, కొడాలి నాని మొదలైనన వారు 'తెలుగు దేశం' పార్టీని బలహీన పరచి, జగన్ ను సమర్ధించే విధంగా ప్రవర్తిస్తూ, తమ చేష్టల ద్వారా బహిరంగా తెలియచేస్తూ, పార్టీలో, తెలుగుదేశం పార్టీ కార్యకర్తలలో చులకన అవుతున్నారు.

'తెలుగు దేశం' పార్టీ ఓ మహా సముద్రం లాంటిది, ఎందరో పార్టీ లోకి వస్తు పోతూ ఉన్నారు. పార్టీ ఎన్నో సంక్షోభాలు చవి చూసింది. ఎందరో సీనియర్ నాయకులు, ప్రజల్లో పలుకుబడి కలిగిన వారు పార్టీని విడిపోయారు, వారిలో కొందరు మరల తమ తప్పులను తెలుసుకుని పార్టీలోకి వచ్చారు. 

తల్లి లాంటి పార్టీ మీద అలగ వచ్చు కాని, ద్రోహం తలపెట్టకూడదు కదా? 'తెలుగు దేశం' పార్టీ తోనే రాజకీయ ప్రస్థానాన్ని ప్రారంభించి, పార్టీ పదవులు, ప్రభుత్వ పదవులు పొంది, ఆర్ధికంగా బలపడి,  పార్టీని అడ్డం పెట్టుకుని ప్రజల్లో పలుకుబడి సంపాదించుకున్న వారు, పార్టీకి ఆపత్కాలంలో అండదండగా ఉండవలసిన వారు, ప్రస్తుతం తెలుగు దేశం పార్టీలో ఉంటూనే, ప్రత్యర్ధులతో చేతులుకలిపి రాజకీయ వ్యభిచారం చేస్తూ, పార్టీని, పార్టీ అధ్యక్షుడిని, 'బ్లాక్ మెయిల్' చేయటం చూస్తుంటే సామాన్య కార్యకర్తకు సైతం వీరిపైన అసహ్యం కలుగుతుంది, వీరి ప్రవర్తనను పార్టీ సానుభూతి పరులు కూడా చీదరిన్చుకుంటున్నారు. 

పరిటాల రవి హత్యకు పధకం రచించింది, అతని హంతకులకు అన్ని విధాలుగా సహకరించింది వై.యస్.ఆర్, ఆయన కొడుకు వై.యస్.జగన్ అనే విషయం జగమెరిగిన సత్యమే. ఏడుకొండలవాడు ఒక రాక్షసుడిని పై లోకానికి పంపాడు, మరొకడిని త్వరలోనే కటకటాల వెనక్కు పంపే పనిలో ఉన్నాడు. 

పరిటాల రవితో అత్యంత సాన్నిహిత్యం కలిగి, అతని సినిమాలో సైతం నటించిన మోహన్ బాబు, హరికృష్ణ, వల్లభానేని వంశీ  , లాంటి వారు అతని హంతకులకు కనీసం ఆరు మైళ్ళ దూరంలో ఉండాలి, ప్రతీకారేచ్ఛతో రగిలి పోవాలి, కాని 'హరి కృష్ణ' కొడుకు 'జునియర్ యన్.టి.ఆర్, అతని అనుచరుడు, పరిటాల రవి పేరు అడ్డం పెట్టుకుని దందాలు చేసి, ఆయన మరణానంతరం ఆయనకు వీరాభిమానులుగా ఆయన ఆశయాలకు వారసులుగా  ప్రచారం చేసుకుంటున్న 'వల్లభనేని వంశీ' మొదలైన వారు ప్రస్తుతం 'జగన్' కు జై కొట్టటం, ఆయన కౌగిలిలో కరిగి పోవటం చూస్తుంటే 'పరిటాల రవి' మరణం వెనుక మరింకేవరైనా డబ్బుకు గడ్డి తినే కోవర్టుల పాత్ర ఉందా? అప్పుడు పరిటాల అనుంగు అనుచరుడే జగన్, సూరి అనుచరులతో చేతులు కలిపాడా? అనే సందేహం సగటు పరిటాల రవి అభిమానికి కలుగుతుంది.

ఈ ప్రశ్నలకు 'హరికృష్ణ', ఆయన అనుంగు అనుచరుడు 'వల్లభనేని వంశి' పరిటాల రవి అభిమానులకు బహిరంగంగా సమాధానం చెప్పి వారి సందేహాలను నివృత్తి చేయాలి, లేకుంటే వారు  అసంఖ్యాకమైన పరిటాల రవి అభిమానుల ఆగ్రహానికి గురి కాక తప్పదు. వంశీ చర్యలను 'హరికృష్ణ' ఇంతవరకు  ఖండించ లేందంటే, వంశీ ప్రయత్నాల వెనుక ఆయన హస్తం ఉంది ఉంటుందనే తెలుగు దేశం పార్టీ కార్యకర్తలు, పరిటాల రవి అభిమానులు భావిస్తున్నారు.

యన్.టి.ఆర్ మరణానంతరం తనే ఆయనకు రాజకీయ వారసుడిగా ప్రకటించుకుని గుడివాడ నుండి అసెంబ్లీ నుండి పోటి చేసి ఘోరంగా వోడిపోయి ఆ తరువాత చంద్రబాబు నాయుడు కాళ్ళు పట్టుకుని తిరిగి 'తెలుగు దేశం' పార్టీలో చేరి 'రాజ్య సభ్య' సభ్యుడి పదవి పొందిన హరికృష్ణ ప్రస్తుతం 'తెలుగు దేశం' పార్టీకి శనిలా దాపురించాడు. 

హరికృష్ణ, ఆయన అనుచరులు 'వల్లభనేని వంశీ', కొడాలి నాని వంటి చీడ పురుగులను పార్టీ నుండి వెలి వేసి, రాబోయే రెండు సంవత్సరాల కాలంలో పార్టీని కొత్త రక్తంతో, సమర్దులతో నింపి అధికారాన్ని చేజిక్కించుకొనే ప్రయత్నం చేయాలి.

'జూనియర్ యన్.టి.ఆర్ కు ముక్కు పచ్చలారని కన్య 'ప్రణీత' ను భార్యగా చేసి, వందల కోట్ల విలువైన ఆస్థికి వారసుడిగా చేసిన 'చంద్రబాబు' నాయుడికి అతను జీవితాంతం రుణపడి ఉండాలి కాని, భార్యను అడ్డంపెట్టుకుని, పిల్లనిచ్చిన మామను 'బ్లాక్ మెయిల్' చేస్తూ, 'Studio N' చానల్ ను తన ఆధీనంలోకి తెచ్చుకుని 'తెలుగు దేశం' పార్టీ, చంద్రబాబు నాయుడుకు సంభందించిన ముఖ్యమైన వార్తలను సైతం ప్రసారం చేయకపోగా, ప్రత్యర్ధి పార్టీలకు ముఖ్యంగా జగన్ లాంటి 420 గాళ్ళకు బాకా ఉదుతూ, 'నమ్మక ద్రోహానికి' మారు పేరుగా,  'ఊసరవెల్లి' అనే పదానికి నిర్వచనంగా ప్రవర్తిస్తూ 'వాపును చూసి బలుపు' అనుకుంటున్న'జూనియర్ యన్.టి.ఆర్' కు త్వరలోనే ఆయన అభిమానుల చేతనే జ్ఞానోదయం కలగాలని ఆశిద్దాం.

'దమ్ము'న్న మగాడెప్పుడు ముఖా ముఖి తలపడతాడు కానీ, కొజ్జా వెధవలాగా వెనుక నుండి దెబ్బతీసే ప్రయత్నం చేయడు. వీళ్ళు  'జగన్' జపం చేసినా, వై.యస్. కీర్తనలు పాడినా 'తెలుగు దేశం పార్టీ నుండి బయటకు వెళ్లి చేస్తే బాగుంటుంది. 'తిన్న ఇంటికే కన్నాలు వేసే' ఇలాంటి చిల్లర గాళ్ళ తో పార్టీకి నష్టమే తప్ప ప్రయోజనం ఉండదు. వెంటనే వీరిని పార్టీ నుండి బహిష్కరించాలి.

'జై తెలుగు దేశం', 'జై నందమూరి తారక రామారావు', 'జై పరిటాల రవి'.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Dr. Venu Vadlamudi earns a 2012 Leadership Award from the American Medical Association

 Dr. Venu Vadlamudi (second from the right) receives the American Medical Association Foundations 2012 Leadership Award from AMA President Dr. Peter Carmel.

FLINT, MI -- Dr. Venu Vadlamudi, a radiology resident at Hurley Medical Center, was named a recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2012 Leadership Award.

The AMA Foundation honored 30 individuals with Leadership Awards at its annual Excellence in Medicine Awards ceremony. Recipients of the award were recognized for demonstrating outstanding non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education, according to a press release.

The award also provided recipients with special training to develop their skills as future leaders in organized medicine and community affairs.
“I am very honored to receive this prestigious AMA Foundation Leadership Award. We have great medical leaders here at Hurley Medical Center, many of whom have directly impacted my interest and involvement in organized medicine," Vadlamudi said in the press release.

After training for five years at Hurley, Vadlamudi will be entering fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at William Beaumont Hospital in July. He has been involved in organized medicine since his internship and has held numerous leadership positions at the local, state and national levels, according to the press release.

Idaho State University 2012 Outstanding Student Award recipient, Chandrasekhar Potluri

 Idaho State University and the ISU Alumni Association proudly announce the 2012 Outstanding Student Award recipients who will be honored at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 5, in Holt Arena. 
          
The 13 Outstanding Student Awards are presented to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs, their extracurricular activities and have epitomized ISU's outstanding student body.  Students receiving these prestigious awards exhibit a readiness to graduate, high academic achievement, above-average dedication to academic and professional goals and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered. 

The Outstanding Student Award recipients will be honored at a reception April 27 in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Graduate School, Doctoral Candidate, Chandrasekhar Potluri, Eluru, India: 24-year-old Potluri will graduate this summer with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He has a 3.84 grade point average. He has received both a graduate teaching assistantship and a graduate research assistantship. Potluri is a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the ISU branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is also ranked second in chess at the state level. Currently he is working as lead doctoral research assistant in an ISU smart prosthetic hand project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
 
Potluri earned his master's degree in measurement and control engineering from ISU and his bachelor's degree from Andhra University in India. In the past two years he has made "significant contributions" in several engineering fields. He currently has 25 publications and has been selected as a research associate at the University of Connecticut.

"I am blessed to have a great family to be with me in all situations," said Potluri of his parents and brother. Potluri's favorite thing about ISU is the friendly atmosphere between students and faculty. He was most influenced by professors Subbaram Naidu and Steve Chiu, both of whom he described as inspiring and supportive.

Beyond poultry, Suguna eyes ready-to-eat foods


Coimbatore-based Rs 4,200 crore Suguna Poultry ( B Soundararajan, chairman, Suguna Foods) wants to grow beyond poultry. The company has renamed itself as ‘Suguna Foods’ in line with its ongoing efforts to provide a gamut of products in the foods category. The company is expanding the portfolio of offerings to other livestock products, ready-to-eat vegetarian foods and milk and milk products, while increasing its retail presence.

At present, processed and ready-to-eat chicken contributes to 95 per cent of Suguna’s revenue, with the rest coming from eggs, poultry feed, poultry vaccine and soy oil. As it moves into a larger space, Suguna expects its poultry contribution to come down to 70 per cent in the next five years.

The new products coming out from Suguna Foods will include processed meat of turkey, fish, lamb, and emu under the brand ‘Suguna Exotic’. At present, the company sells poultry under three brands — Suguna fresh chicken, Suguna Anytime frozen chicken and Suguna Homebites ready-to-eat chicken. “The foods category is very large and entering the space will augment further growth. Unlike contract farming in poultry, the company will initially be buying the livestock from farmers, processing and selling is
through its own retail stores and through other stores. The capacity of our processing facility has been increased from 900 tonnes per month to 1,500 tonnes. This is scalable to 3,000 tonnes per month,” B Soundararajan, chairman, Suguna Foods.

The new products too will be sold through the company’s retail channels. Suguna plans to increase its retail store count from 95 to 500 in the next two years in the existing markets of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Suguna also has been supplying 250 tonnes of poultry per month to food chains such as Marry Brown, McDonald’s and KFC. Besides poultry feed, the company has launched cattle feed and will soon be producing aqua feed and pet feed. While the ready-to-cook vegetarian foods will be launched by the end of the year, liquid milk supply too will start in next four to five months, he said.

“We have been investing Rs 200 to Rs 250 crore annually on our poultry business. As poultry does not need much capex in the coming years, this will now be utilised for the new verticals. The funds will be generated through internal accruals and debt,’ he said.

“We aim to achieve turnover of Rs 20,000 crore by 2017. This does not seem difficult as we have grown from Rs 7 crore to Rs 100 crore between 1997 and 2000 and in next 12 years to Rs 4,200 crore,” he said.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ కమ్మవారి సేవా సంఘం ఆవిర్భావ సదస్సు, ప్రమాణ స్వీకార మహోత్సవం

  ఆహ్వానము 
ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ కమ్మవారి సేవా సంఘం కార్యవర్గ సభ్యుల ప్రమాణ స్వీకార మహోత్సవం 

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తేది: 22-04-2012, ఆదివారం ఉదయం గం:10.00 లకు 
వేదిక: స్వర్ణభారతి, కమ్మవారి కళ్యాణ మండపం, ఖమ్మం
  
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(మాజీ.జిల్లా పరిషత్ అధ్యక్షులు, చైర్మన్. గురుదక్షిణ ఫౌండేషన్)
  
ఈ మహోత్సవానికి మిమ్మల్ని మనసారా ఆహ్వానిస్తున్నాం.
   
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The Great Kamma Nayaks of Kandy

 VikramRajasinha, Last King of Ceylon

The Nayaks of Kandy (Nayakar Dynasty) were the rulers of Sri Lanka with Kandy as their capital from 1739 to 1815. They were also the last dynasty to rule Sri Lanka. They were from the royal family of the Madurai Nayak dynasty, who were of Telugu origin and were members of the Kamma caste. There were four kings of this lineage and the last king was exiled by the British to Vellore Fort in India. They assumed the Kandy throne through marriage alliances with the much prevailing Marumakkathayam law. These kings were Hindus later converted to Buddhism and were responsible for renaissance of Buddhist culture in the Island.

Origins
The Mahanuwara dynasty that preceded the Kandy Nayaks always married brides from royal family of Madurai Nayaks and Tanjore Nayaks. The Nayaks of South India started of as governors of Vijayanagara Dynasty during 14 and 15th centuries who ruled parts of Tamil Nadu. After the Vijayanagara Empire collapsed in mid 16th century these governors declared independence, establishing their own kingdoms in Gingee, Tanjore, Madurai and Chandragiri. They were of Telugu origins, one of the reasons for a large set of Telugu population in Western parts of Tamil Nadu.

When the last king of Mahanuwara dynasty died without an heir, his queens brother from Madurai was chosen to throne as they followed the Marumakkathayam law. And successive kings were from the same kin from Madurai.

The Nayaks of South India also had military relations in 17th century when Karaiyar generals of Jaffna sought the support of the Nayaks of Tanjavur in 1620 to fight against the Portuguese.

These branches of Madurai Nayaks were reportedly headed by Bangaru Thirumalai whose son was adopted by the last Nayak Queen Meenakshi. Bangaru Thirumalai was a direct descendant of Thirumalai Nayaks younger Brother and was a Military governor in Tirunelveli and Madurai provinces.

The preceding Dynasty
The last king of Kandy of Mahanuwara dynasty was Vira Narendra Sinha who ruled from 1707 to 1739. This King ascended the throne in 1707 when he was seventeen and was considered to be a very pious and scholarly. In 1708 the king married a bride from Madurai Royal family, the daughter of Pitti Nayakkar. Again, in 1710, he married another bride from Madurai. He had no children by either of the queens. He also had a Kandyan wife from noble family of Matale. She bore him a son, the king also had a concubine from a high caste, who bore him a son named Unambuwe, and did survive. The bar to his succession was the lack of royal status in the mother.

Thus, the king nominated, as his successor, the brother of his first queen who had remained at the court ever since his sister married him. According to the law of succession that prevailed in Ceylon, the throne passed almost always from father to son, born of a mahesi or from brother to brother. Marumakkathayam literarily means inheritance by sister's children (as opposed to sons and daughters).

Monarchs

Sri Vijaya Rajasinha 1739-1747
Brother-in-law of King Vira Narendra Sinha, Narendra Singha's first wife's brother, from Madurai, ascended the throne of Kandy, as Sri Vijaya Rajasinha. Coming from the line of Vijayanagar kings of South India and henceforth filling the Sinhala throne.

The new king, considered to be a man of considerable culture, devoted his entire attention to the furtherance of the national religion Buddhism despite being a Hindu. He is said to have caused life sized images of Buddha in recumbent, standing and sitting postures to be cut in the rock caves in various parts of the country. His reign also marked several conflicts with the Dutch who were ruling the coastal provinces, based on trading issues. Sri Vijaya Rajasinha destroyed the churches and initiated a persecution against the Portuguese and Dutch, which was continued under Kirti Sri Rajasinha. It ceased only because the king considered that certain calamities which fell upon the country were due to his action.

He married a bride from the Royal family of Madurai. But by 1736 the 200 year old Nayaka dynasty of Madurai came to an end with Muslims taking control of the whole country.

Marriage alliance with Madurai Royal Family

When the king ascended the throne he sought a wife from South India. For this purpose he sent messengers to Madurai in 1739. Since the Madurai Nayaks had now lost the power and prestige they enjoyed in the days of Vijayaranga Chokkanatha, the family members thought it advisable and even desirable to accept the offer from the king of Kandy. Hence the family of Bangaru Thirumala,who was now residing in Vellaikuruchi Fort near Thirupachetiram in Sivaganga Zamin responded. Two brothers Rama Krishnappa Nayaka and Narenappa Nayaka, kinsmen of Bangaru Tirumala Nayaka meet the Kandyan envoys at Ramnad. 
Narenappa Nayaka had a daughter of marriageable age and agreed to the Kandyan request. The brothers with their families and some kins accompanied the envoys to Ceylon for the daughter's nuptial; settled in Kandy with their kith and kin. Narenappa Nayaka was destined to be not only the father-in-law of one king, but the father of the next two kings of Kandy; for his two sons, the one five or six years old in 1740, and the other still an infant were successively to succeed Sri Vijaya Rajasinha.

Sri Vijaya Rajasinha married another Madurai princess in 1747. Each bride brought a contingent of relatives with royal lineage ultimately making Kandy their permanent home.

The king, however, died childless soon after, having nominated as his successor, his eldest brother in-law who had been living in the court ever since his sister had married the king. Thus by this peculiar mode of succession the son of Narenappa Nayaka who claimed kingship with the ruling Madurai Nayak family now ascended the throne of Kandy as Kirti Sri Rajasinha.

Kirti Sri Rajasinha 1747-1782
Kirti Sri RajasinhaKirti Sri Rajasinha was a prince from the Nayaks of Madurai royal family and brother-in-law to Sri Vijaya Raja Singha. He succeeded his brother-in-law to the throne in 1751.

He devoted the first few years of his reign to the advancement of literature and religion. The king, later with the Dutch assistance got down to learning Bhikkus from Siam (Thailand) for the purpose of advancing Buddhism in Sri Lanka, also building the Raja Maha Vihara (Gangarama) was built at Kandy. Kirti built the existing inner temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and caused the Mahavansa chronicle to be continued from the time of Parâkkamabâhu IV down to his own reign.

Attack on Dutch Forts
In 1761 King Kirti Sri Rajasinha attacked the Dutch garrisons and forts at Matara, Katuwana, Tangalle, Marakade and Urubokke, completely destroying them, and killing Dutch while some surrendered and ended as prisoners.

In order to revenge the humiliation, the new Dutch governor Van Eck had immediate plans to attack Kandy, but the weakness in fortification and garrison forbade the Dutch. Later they did attach in 1764 and in 1765. Hence, in the early part of 1763 the Dutch were only consolidating their positions and gradually expelling Kandyans from the territories taken over from Dutch. Throughout 1763 the King continually sought peace and sent his envoys to discuss terms. The Governor wished the King to cede the three four and seven Korales and Puttlam and hand over the entire coastline of island to the Dutch. The king was not agreeable to any demand that diminished his sovereignty and was deliberately delaying a settlement hoping for help from the English in Madras after his discussion and negotiations with John Pybus 1762.

Meeting with the British

The King in mid 1762 sought help from George Pigot, Governor of Fort St George Madras for assistance. The British eager to obtain the monopoly of trading in cinnamon, pepper, betel nut (puwak) from the Kandyan Kings also wanted to expel the Dutch from the coasts. A reason to call on the British for assistance by the Kandyan King in 1762 was that after the treaty of Paris, the Dutch poured troops into Sri Lanka. They were bent on capturing Kandy from six directions (1764). Anticipating such a scenario the King sent an envoy to the English Governor of Madras to assist him in expelling the Dutch. This envoy, a junior Kandyan Official in the military made a clandestine trip to Madras Fort, and the English responded by sending their councilor Mr Pybus.

John Pybus, a writer of the British East India Company, sailed to Kandy with a backup of five ships and about 200 armed men. A British vessel brought Pybus to Trincomalee on 5 May 1762. The Dutch knew of the arrival of Pybus through their spies and they were kept informed of his movements. Pybus took an exhausting covert trip to meet the King on 24 May 1762. After several talks without any conclusive decisions Pybus left after a month. The King gave him a ring, sword, a gold chain with breast jewels and left the country crossing the river at Puttalam pass while the The Dissawa who accompanied Pybus presented the ships commander Samuel Cornish a gold chain and a ring in the name of King "Kirti Sri Rajasinha".

John Pybus in his notes described the King as a man of tolerable stature, reddish in complexion and very brisk in his movements. Pybus was amazed as to how the kandyans had managed to fight a war with Dutch and had captured Matara Dutch Fort. He wrote that "They had put every European to the sword except two officers who are now prisoners of the country."

Marriage

He married the daughter of one Nadukattu Sami Nayakkar in 1749. He further married three more Nayakkar queens from Madurai, but had no children, but had six daughters and two sons by his favorite Sinhala lady (Yakada Doli), daughter of the late Dissave (Headman) of Bintenna, granddaughter of the blind and aged Mampitiya Dissave. Both his sons survived the king and his daughters' married Nayakkar relatives of the king. Mampitiya's sons claim for the throne was overlooked and the choice fell on the king's brother who was living in court.

The king died on January 2, 1782, of the injuries caused two months before by a fall from his horse after a reign of 35 years which the people saw as a great religious revival, and had a sentimental attachment to the King.

Sri Rajadhi Raja Singha 1782-1798

Brother of Kirti Sri Rajasinha, the new king who ascended the throne as Sri Rajadhi Rajasinha. He came from Madurai as a child along with his brother. Hence he was raised as a Kandyan and a Sinhala; emerging as a brilliant pupil of the Malwatte Temple's chief Prelate at that time. He was quite a sophisticated person and learned many languages amongst which were Pali and Sanskrit. A lavish patron of Buddhism, he was a great aficionado of poetry and he himself was a poet.

He died childless in 1798 without nominating a successor. The burden fell on Pilimatalava, the first Adigar (Prime Minister) Pilimatalawe, an able, ambitious and intriguing chief, to select a successor to the vacant throne. The controversial Adigar was also seen as one of the main reason for the demise of the dynasty.

Sri Vikrama Rajasinha 1798-1815
His Majesty Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, Last King of CeylonSon of a sister of King Sri Rajadhi Rajasinha's Queen Upendramma. The next king who ascended the throne was Prince Kannasamy, the former kings' nephew, barely 18 years old. He would also be the last king of the Kandy Nayakar dynasty and the last of Sri Lanka. During his time the British colony was fully established on other parts of Sri Lanka.

There was a rival claimant to succeed King Sri Rajadhi Rajasinha, the brother of Queen Upendramma, who had a stronger claim. However, Pilimatalawe, the first Adigar (prime Minister) choose the South Indian Prince to the Kandyan Throne, with reportedly deep seated plans to usurp the throne to set a new dynasty of his own. The young king, upon ascending the throne, faced many conspiracies and reigned through one of the most turbulent periods in Sri Lanka's history.

Internal Conflict

During his time, the British who had succeeded the Dutch in the Maritime Provinces had not interfered in the politics of the Kandy. But Pilimatalava, the first Adigar of the king, started covert operations with the British to provoke the King into acts of aggression, which would give the British an excuse to seize the Kingdom. The Adigar manipulated the king into beginning a military conflict with the British, who had gained a strong position in the coastal provinces. War was declared and on March 22, 1803 the British entered Kandy with no resistance, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha having fled. The adigar massacred the British garrison in Kandy in June and restored the king to the throne. Pilimitalava plotted to overthrow the king and seize the crown for himself, but his plot was discovered, and, having been pardoned on two previous occasions, he was executed.

The disgraced adigar was replaced by his nephew, Ehelepola, who soon came under suspicion of following his uncle in plotting the overthrow of Sri Vikrama Rajasinha. A rebellion instigated by Ehalepola was suppressed, after which he then fled to Colombo and joined the British. After failing to surrender (after 3 weeks of notice), the exasperated king dismissed Ehelepola, confiscated his lands, and ordered the imprisonment and execution of his wife and children. A propagandised account of the execution was widely circulated by sympathisers.

Ehelepola fled to British-controlled territory, where he persuaded the British that Sri Vikrama Rajasinha's tyranny deserved a military intervention. The pretext was provided by the seizure of a number of British merchants, who were detained on suspicion of spying and were tortured, killing several of them. An invasion was duly mounted and advanced to Kandy without resistance, reaching the city on February 10, 1815. On March 2, the kingdom was ceded to the British under a treaty called the Kandyan Convention.

Exile and Death
On March 2, the kingdom was ceded to the British under a treaty called the Kandyan Convention. Sri Vikrama Rajasinha was captured and taken as a royal prisoner by the British to Vellore Fort in southern India. During Sri Vikrama Rajasinha's time as a royal prisoner in Vellore Fort he received a privy purse, which his descendants continued to received from the Government of Sri Lanka until it was abolished in 1965. He died of dropsy on January 30, 1832 aged 52 years.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ram Prasad Kolli: Former USA Memory champion

Ram Prasad Kolli was USA National Memory Champion - 2005 and 2013 

1st place - 2005
2nd place - 2006
2nd place - 2007
3rd place - 2008
2nd place - 2009
2nd place - 2010
1st place - 2013

Ram Kolli represented USA and he got 19th place in the World Memory championship - 2005

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr.Kodali Siva Rama Krishna Prasad does India proud

It's raining awards for Dr.Kodali Siva Rama Krishna Prasad, a staff grade orthopaedic surgeon working for Prince Charles Hospital at Merthyr Tydfil in United Kingdom since 1994.

A native of Thurumella village near Tenali in Guntur district, the UK-settled orthopaedic flew down to India in January this year to receive the globally reputed Glory of India Award. The India International Friendship Society bestowed the honour on him in recognition of his meritorious services and outstanding performance in the field of medicine.

It's only a couple of months and he is here again, to receive a couple of more awards, conferred by the All-India Economy Survey Award Council. 

‘The Indira Gandhi Seva Ratna Puraskar' and the ‘Shining Image of India Gold Medal' presented to him at a function held in Delhi on April 8 are, according to him, “completely out of the blue. From what I gathered, they selected me on the basis of web content. Instead of seeking nominations, they chose to look for the right candidate,” Dr. Prasad told.

Dedicating the awards to his mother Kodali Jagadamba, Dr. Prasad says it was inspiring to be part of an elite crowd at the award ceremony.

The orthopedic has been mostly engaged in National Health Service in UK. Reminded of the many awards bestowed on him in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of medicine and asked if it increases his responsibility towards his mother land, Dr. Prasad stresses the importance of service. “Service takes different forms – service to the creator of the university, to the universe, to the world, to humanity, to society, to the family and finally the self.” Speaking about emerging trends, he says the next evolution in orthopedics may be towards non-surgical management methods.

 “For instance, the end point of osteoarthritis in major joints now is joint replacement surgery. But in future, prevent of this end point may become a possibility.” One of his objectives is pursuit of truth. “Perhaps there comes a point, the pursuit of truth from all view points may have a single end point. This is the point where possibly religion and science merge. This may well be the oneness one strives to realise. In the course of this search for visualisation of truth, one is oriented to serve,” he says. 

Dr. Krishna Prasad pursued medicine in Guntur Medical College before obtaining an ECFMG and VQE from Philadelphia in 1974 and 1983 respectively. He then joined the Prince Charles Hospital where he is presently working. The series of other awards that came tracking him in the past include a Special Merit Scholarship for top ranking scholars, Government of Andhra Pradesh, 1966-1972, De Puy Summer University Award, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 2007, ‘Making a Difference' Award, Trust Celebration Day, North Glamorgan Health Trust, Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom 2001 and Team Award, Trust Celebration Day, Prince Charles Hospital, also in 2007.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dandamudi Rajagopal Rao: 3 times Olympian

Dandamudi Rajagopal Rao (b: 16 October 1916 - d: 6 August 1981) was renowned sports person of India.

He was born in Gandigunta village in Krishna district in a family of farmers. Impressed by the performance of Kodi Rammurthy Naidu, he took up the line of Weight Lifting. He was trained by Sistla Somayajulu in Weight lifting for sometime.Later He traveled with Kolli Rangadasu and gave many performances in different Indian states.

Sports Achievements 
 *In 1946 won 1st place in XII Olympic games of India held in Banglore in heavy weight class
*He annexed kerala title in 1942 and the bombay provincial honours in 1944 breaking all the previous records
*He has represented India in International competitions held in Burma in 1947.
*He won Gold medal in Indian Olympic Games held at Delhi in 1952. He has lifted 780 pounds in the Heavyweight category. In 1954 Indian Olympics he has won Gold medal and established three Records.
*He won Bronze medal in 1951 Asian Games held in New Delhi in Weightlifting. 
*Dandamudi was the 1st Indian weightlifting champion continuously for 13 years from 1945 to 1958. *Dandamudi won Mr.Asia title in 1948 at calcutta in Asian body building competition.

He was the 1st president of Andhra olympic Association. He has been the captain of Andhra olympic team.He was the Founder of Andhra Olympic Association and Several other Sports Associations in Andhra Pradesh.

He has represented India thrice in the world Olympic games held in London (1948) and Melbourne (1956) and represented India in the Heavyweight category of Weightlifting. He has got 16th rank in final standings in London Olympics and 9th rank in Melbourne Olympics . 11th Place in Finland Olympics in 1952. 

Honours & Popularity
Dandamudi was conferred with various titles as Mr.Asia, Andhrabhima, Andhrahercules, Indian Tarzan and The Giant of India. Dandamudi feats attracted people all over the country. He used to break iron chains tied to his body by taking a deep breath and flexing his muscles. Dandamudi is the 1st Indian who has received Mr.Asia title. Arjuna award winner kamineni eswararao is trained by dandamudi in weight lifting.

Film Career
He has acted in some films. The most notable performance was in Nartanasala (1963), wherein he portrayed the role of Bheema. He also acted in Bheemanjaneya Yudham,Veera abhimanyu.In his short stint in the silver screen .Dandamudi acted alongside stalwarts like Dr.N.T.Rama Rao,Shoban babu,S.V.Ranga Rao and Kantha Rao. his film nartanasala won best film in Indonesian Film festival at Jakarta in 1963.

Rajagopal was married to Anasuya. They had 5 children 3 sons and 2 Daughters, Jhansi Lakshmi Bai, Poorna Chandra Rao, Shyam Sundar, Basavaraj, Vijayalakshmi. He died on 6 August 1981. An Indoor Stadium was named after him as Dandamudi Rajagopal Rao Indoor Stadium in his memory at Vijayawada near Krishna District.and was inaugurated by then chief minister of Andhra pradesh Tanguturi Anjaiah.

Karnam Spoorthy is brimming with confidence

 Not yet 15, Karnam Spoorthy is set to stamp her class on the table tennis firmament. For one so young, just having written her matriculation exams, the Vijayawada native is quick to size up an opponent and her game.

The teenager's fore and backhand counter top spin driven game has rivals on the back-foot soon enough. So does her court craft find her in excellent control of the table as much as her receiving of serve is spot-on.

Little wonder then that she has Chief National Coach Bhawani Mukherji admiring. “Spoorthy is very talented, young and a promising player. Going by her performance at the national and international level, I see a good future for her,” he notes.

As a seven-year-old, Spoorthy followed in the footsteps of her father, Karnam Balram Prasad, a former Mangalore university paddler. Not quite as tall as the table her dad had at home, she soon grasped the game's finer points and in just a month or two was seriously into the sport.

She then came under Balram's friend Anil Babu's tutelage. When the latter left for the U. S., she was and continues to be mentored by K. Jayaram, a five-time A.P. state champion.

Since Spoorthy's outgrown the competition in her native town, she practises with Vivek Vardhan, Sai Praneeth and Chandrashekar, all of them state-level players. Positioned at 35 in the International Table Tennis Federation's (ITTF) girls under 15 rankings, her sponsor Airports Authority of India (AAI) supports her to the tune of Rs. 2.4 lakhs per annum.

The amount meets expenses such as travel and accommodation but her parents spend upto Rs. 6 lakhs each year to let her pursue her passion. Achanta Sharath Kamal inspires her now as did Divya Deshpande when Spoorthy set out into the sport. A meeting with Zhang Yining, winner of nine world championship crowns and four Olympic gold medals is by far the most memorable moment of her life, even more than the U. S. Open cadet girls title Spoorthy won in Michigan, in 2010. A photograph with the greatest woman paddler to emerge from China was a bonus.

The Vijayawada lass however has her career plans carefully chalked out. “To crack the top ten of the ITTF world rankings in cadet girls, is the immediate target,” she says. Currently No. 35, she's eligible to compete in the said category till this year-end. In other sections, she's classified as follows: 681 among women, 388 in youth (under 21 years) and 232 in girls over 18.

Spoorthy then hopes to climb the rankings at the senior level, aim for a Commonwealth medal and qualify for the Olympics too.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Gopichand Katragadda: Renaissance man to propel GE's innovation

It is the defining ambition of many a technologist to work for General Electric as the company is famous for being a global innovator. Gopichand Katragadda is now one such person. Katragadda has been picked to head the company’s largest R&D centre outside the US. "I had been with GE for a long time and was heading the energy division prior to my present role. It is always exciting when you work with lots of innovators," he says.

The India technology centre of this global behemoth is spread across three cities—Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore. Katragadda clearly loves challenges, whether it is in his professional or personal life—the last 15 years saw him attempting to decipher the complex Indus script, not exactly a job for the fainthearted.

 In his new role as the Managing Director, GE India Technology Center Katragadda's aim is to similarly find solutions to complex problems. He says that he wants to make the GE India Technology Center a national asset, where technology is developed to solve the world's and India's toughest problems in a responsible way.

With an experience spanning 10 years and various roles in the company, he is in charge of 5,500 people who contribute significantly to the various portfolios of GE globally. Prior to this, he served as the GM for GE Energy Infrastructure's India Engineering Operations overseeing, 2,000 employees in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

With over 400 patents filed by GE India Technology Centre last year alone, Katragadda expects to see a flood of innovations coming out of the India centre. He also predicts a huge opportunity in the field of energy, locomotives, transportation and healthcare.

Katragadda holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University and both his master's and doctorate in electrical engineering from Iowa State University. He is also a writer and a painter.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

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TOP 20 FINALISTS KAVLI VIDEO CONTEST. VOTE FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE APRIL 2 - 13, 2012.

The Kavli video contest finalists have been chosen! The very best videos answered the contest's question "How to Save the World Through Science and Engineering" creatively, using topics inspired by the NAE Grand Challenges

To vote, please click on the entry name and view each video on YouTube, then "like" your favorite. VOTING DEADLINE IS APRIL 13, 2012. You can also vote and view all the videos here!

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ఎదుటి వారికి నీతులు చెప్పే జయప్రకాష్ నారాయణ కు కొన్ని సూటి ప్రశ్నలు!


 లోక్ సత్తా  వ్యస్థాపక అధ్యక్షులు డా. నాగభైరవ జయప్రకాశ్ నారాయణ గారు రాజకీయ వ్యవస్థలో, సామాజిక వ్యవస్థలో, సమూలంగా రావలసిన మార్పుల గురించి చాలా చక్కగా గంటల తరబడి చర్చించగలరు, ఓపికగా ఉపన్యాసం ఇవ్వగలరు.

జయప్రకాశ్ నారాయణ గతంలోకి  వెళ్తే కొన్ని విషయాలను పరిశీలిద్దాం. 

ఈయనకు పిల్లనిద్దామని గతంలో యన్.టి.రామారావు అనుకుని కుటుంబ సభ్యులతో సంప్రదిస్తే 'చంద్రబాబు నాయుడు' అడ్డు చెప్పటంవలన, ఈయనకు యన్.టి.రామారావు అల్లుడయ్యే ఛాన్స్ కొద్దిలో తప్పి పోయింది. (బహుసా అప్పటినుండే ఈయనకు చంద్రబాబు నాయుడంటే అక్కసు ఉందేమో?) . ఆ తరువాత ఈయన గుంటూరు జిల్లానుండి వెళ్లి కర్ణాటకలో వ్యసాయ రంగంలో ఆర్ధికంగా బాగా స్థిరపడిన ఓ సంపన్న కుటుంబంలో (కన్నెగంటి పాపారావు) అమ్మయిని వివాహం చేసుకున్నాడు, తద్వారా బెంగుళూరు పట్టణ శివారు ప్రాంతంలో ఎంతో విలువైన ఆస్తులను కట్నంగా పొందారు. 

స్వతహాగా మంచి ఆదర్శ భావాలు కలిగిన ఈయన కలెక్టర్ గా చాలా సమర్ధవంతంగా, ఎంతో నీతి, నిజాయితీ, నిబద్ధతలతో పనిచేసి ప్రజలలో మంచి గుర్తింపు తెచ్చుకున్నారు. అవినీతికి ఎప్పుడూ ఆమడ దూరంలో ఉంటూ ప్రజలతో మమేకమై ప్రభుత్వ పధకాలను ప్రజలకు చేరువగా తెచ్చి, ఆ ఫలాలు వారికి చేరే విధంగా ఎంతో శ్రమించాడు. 

'రాజకీయ నాయకుల' జ్యోక్యం అపరిమితంగా ఉన్నఈ పరిపాలనా వ్యవస్థలో ఇమడలేక తన పదవికి రాజీనామా చేసి ప్రజా చైతన్య ఉద్యమాన్ని ప్రారంభించే ప్రయత్నంలో భాగంగా లోక్ సత్తాను స్థాపించాడు. క్రమేపి ఈ ఉద్యమం విద్యావంతులను, యువతను బాగా ఆకర్షించింది. ప్రజలలో తమ హక్కుల పట్ల, ప్రభుత్వ జవాబుదారి తనం పట్ల కొంతవరకు ఆలోచన రేకెత్తించి లోక్ సత్తా ఉద్యమం బాగానే బలపడింది. 

లోక్ సత్తా ని ప్రజా ఉద్యమం వైపు నుండి రాజకీయ పార్టీగా మార్చివేసిన జయప్రకాశ్ నారాయణ 'విద్యావంతులు, యువకులు, మహిళల' సహకారంతో ఎన్నికలలో గణనీయంగా సీట్లు సంపాదించి రాజకీయాలలో  ఒక కీలక వ్యక్తిగా ఎదగాలనుకున్నాడు. 

లోక్ సత్తాలో  రాజకీయాలంటే గిట్టని కొంతమంది జయప్రకాష్ నారాయణ పోకడలు నచ్చక బయటికి వచ్చారు. ఈయన రాజకీయాల్లో యేవో పెనుమార్పులు తెస్తాడని, సమాజాన్ని తెగ ఉద్దరిస్తాడని భావించిన చాలా మంది ఈయనకు  మద్దతిచ్చారు. 

ఈయనకు లభిస్తున్న ప్రజా స్పందన గ్రహించిన కాంగ్రెస్ ప్రభుత్వం ఈయనను చల్లబరిచే క్రమంలో భాగంగా The National Advisory Council (NAC) for the implementation of the National Common Minimum Programme (CMP), మరియు National Rural Health Mission of India Task Force, సభ్యుని పదవి కట్టబెట్టింది. ఈ క్రమంలో ఈయనలో పక్కా రాజకీయ నాయకుడు ప్రాణం పోసుకున్నాడు. అప్పటినుండి కేంద్ర ప్రభుత్వాన్ని, మన్మోహన్ సింగు ను, సోనియా గాంధీని పోగడటమే పనిగా పెట్టుకున్నాడు. 

రాజశేఖర రెడ్డి విసిరేసిన ఎంగిలి మెతుకులకు ఆశపడిన జయప్రకాశ్ నారాయణ కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీకి, రాజశేఖర రెడ్డికి  అన్ని సందర్బాలలో అనుకూలంగా వ్యవహరిస్తూ, ప్రతిపక్షాలకు, మరీ ముఖ్యంగా తెలుగుదేశం పార్టీకి అన్ని సందర్బాలలో వ్యతిరేకంగా వ్యవహరించటం మొదలుపెట్టాడు. 'గాలి జనార్ధన రెడ్డి', 'జగన్' కంపెనీల విషయంలో, 'జలయజ్ఞం' అవినీతి లో ఈయన ఎప్పుడు ప్రతిపక్షాలతో చేతులు కలపలేదు.

రాజశేఖర రెడ్డి బతికుండగా ఆయన అవినీతిని ఈయన ఏనాడు ప్రశ్నించలేదు సరికదా, కనీసం ప్రతిపక్షాల ఆందోళనలకు కూడా ఈయన ఏనాడు మద్దతు తెలియచేయలేదు. ఈ క్రమంలో రాజశేఖర రెడ్డి 'చంద్రబాబు నాయుడుకు, తెలుగుదేశం పార్టీ' కి వ్యతిరేకంగా ఈయనను ఒక పావుగా ఉపయోగించుకున్నాడు. 

2009 అసెంబ్లీ ఎన్నికలలో 'కాంగ్రెస్' పార్టీకి లబ్ది చేకూర్చే విధంగా ఆర్ధిక ఒప్పందం కుదుర్చుకున్న జే.పి,  తెలుగుదేశం పార్టీ బలంగా ఉండి, గెలిచే ఆవకాశం ఉన్న, ఆ పార్టీ తరుపున 'కమ్మ' సామాజిక వర్గానికి చెందిన వ్యక్తి నిలబడి కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీ తరుపున 'నాన్ కమ్మ' పోటీచేసిన కనీసం 10 నియోజక వర్గాలలో లోక్ సత్తా పార్టీ  తరుపున 'కమ్మ' సామాజిక వర్గానికి చెందిన వారికే సీట్లిచ్చి, తద్వారా 'కమ్మ' సామాజిక వర్గం వారి వోట్లలో చీలిక తెచ్చి, అతి తక్కువ వోట్ల తేడాతో కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీ ఆ నియోజకవర్గాలలో గెలవటానికి,  ప్రధాన కారకులయ్యారు. 

కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీ తో ఈయన చేసుకున్న ఒప్పందం ప్రకారం, కనీసం 20 పైగా స్థానాలలో 'తెలుగుదేశం' పార్టీని దెబ్బతీసి కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీ గెలుపుకు, తద్వారా 'అరాచక' రాజశేఖర రెడ్డి రెండోసారి అధికారాన్ని చేజిక్కించు కోవటానికి 'జయప్రకాశ్ నారాయణ' సహాయం చేసాడు, ఆయన ఋణం తీర్చుకున్నాడు.

పై ఆరోపణలు నిజం కావంటూ 'జయప్రకాశ్ నారాయణ' అడ్డంగా కొట్టివేస్తాడు. కాని ఆయన ఇక్కడ కొన్ని ప్రశ్నలకు సూటిగా జవాబులు చెప్పాలి!

1)  భారత ప్రజాస్వామ్యంలో వోటు హక్కు కలిగిన వ్యక్తి ఈ దేశంలో ఏ ప్రదేశంలో నివసిస్తున్నా, మరే ప్రదేశం నుండైనా ఎన్నికలలో పోటి చేయవచ్చు, అదేమీ తప్పు కాదు. కాని, జయప్రకాశ్ నారాయణ తను నివాసం ఉంటున్న 'జూబిలీ హిల్స్' లేదా 'ఖైరతాబాద్' నుండి పోటి చేయవచ్చు, కాని 'కుకట్ పల్లి' నియోజకవర్గాని ఎన్నుకోవటానికి గల కారణాలను ఆయన నిజాయితీగా బహిర్గతం చేయాలి? (ఈ నియోజక వర్గం వోటర్లలో 'కమ్మ వారు' అత్యధికంగా ఉండటం, ఆ నియోజకవర్గం లో 'తెలుగు దేశం' పార్టీ పోటి చేయకపోవటమే మీరు ఆ నియోజకవర్గాన్ని ఎంపిక చేసుకోవటానికి ముఖ్య కారణం తప్ప మరే కారణం లేదనే విషయం ఇక్కడ ఎవరూ కాదనలేని 'నగ్న సత్యం').

2) మీ పార్టీ కార్యకర్తలు, మీ భార్య 'కుకట్ పల్లి' ప్రాంతంలో 'తెలుగుదేశం' పార్టీ కార్యకర్తలను, 'కమ్మ సామాజిక వర్గ' వోటర్లను, ఆంధ్ర ప్రాంతం సెటిలర్స్ ను 'కులం' పేరు, ప్రాంతం పేరు ఉపయోగించి వోట్లు అడుక్కోవటం నిజం కాదా? 

౩) ఏదో ఒక విధంగా మీరు 2009 అసెంబ్లీ ఎన్నికలలో గెలిచి మీ చిరకాల వాంఛను నెరవేర్చు కున్నారు. అసెంబ్లీ లో 'రాజశేఖర రెడ్డికి' అన్ని విధాలుగా భజన చేసారు. అసెంబ్లీ ఎన్నికల వెంటనే వచ్చిన 'GHMC' (కార్పోరేషన్). ఎన్నికలలో 'కుకట్ పల్లి' నియోజక వర్గంలో మీ పార్టీ 'కార్పొరేటర్' అభ్యర్ధులని చిత్తు, చిత్తుగా ఓడించి, డిపాజిట్లు గల్లంతు చేసారు కుకట్ పల్లి వోటర్లు. 

రాజకీయాలలో, రాజకీయ నాయకులలో నీతి, విలువలు ఉండాలని, వోటర్లకు తమకు నచ్చని ప్రతినిధులను 'రీ కాల్ ' చేయాలని ఊక దంపుడు ఉపన్యాసాలిచ్చే మీరు, 'కుకట్ పల్లి' నియోజకవర్గ వోటర్లు మీకు, మీ పార్టీకి వ్యతిరేకంగా ఇచ్చిన తీర్పుకు కట్టుబడి ఎందుకు రాజీనామా చేయలేదు? మీరు యమ్.యల్.ఏ గా ఎన్నికైన ఆరు నెలల్లోనే మీ పనితీరు పట్ల, మీ పార్టీ పట్ల మీ నియోజకవర్గ ప్రజలకు విశ్వాసం సన్నగిల్లిందంటే మీకు జవాబుదారి తనం లేదా?

మీ  విషయంలో కూడా 'ఎదుటివారికి చెప్పేటందుకే నీతులు ఉంటాయి' అని జనం భావించాలా?

మీ పట్ల, మీ పార్టీ పట్ల ఎంతో విశ్వాసం ఉంచి గత ఎన్నికలలో వోట్లు వేసిన సామాన్య ప్రజానీకం, యువత మీ నిజ స్వరూపం తెలుసుకుని తమ అమూల్యమైన వోటును వృధా చేసుకున్నందుకు ప్రాయశ్చిత్తం చేసుకున్నారు. 

ఏదేమైతేనేమి, చిరంజీవిలా మీరు కూడా పార్టీ పెట్టి అన్ని రకాలుగా లబ్ది పొందారు. మీ పార్టీలో మీకు తిరుగు లేదు. 'శాశ్వత అధ్యక్షుడు', కర్త, కర్మ, క్రియ అన్నీ మీరే! అదేమని ఎవరైనా ప్రశ్నిస్తే పార్టీ నుండి బహిష్కరిస్తారు. 

అయ్యా, జయప్రకాశ్ నారాయణ గారూ, ఇప్పటికైనా పై ప్రశ్నలకు మీ సమాధానాల్ని 'మీ నియోజకర్గ వోటర్లకు', మరియు మిమ్మల్ని అభిమానించే ప్రజలకు తెలియచేయాలి. లేదంటే మీ పట్ల 'ప్రజల్లో' విశ్వాసం సన్నగిల్లి పోతుంది.
 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Natco Pharma bagged Golden Peacock Award 2012

April 04th 2012
Natco Pharma Limited has been selected as the winner of the 'Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility' for the year 2012 by the awards Jury under the Chairmanship of Justice P.N.Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India and Member, UN Human Rights Commission. 
 
The award will be presented at a specially organized "Awards Gala Nite" at 1900hrs on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 at Hotel InterCon Dubai Festival City in Dubai in the presence of distinguished gathering of business leaders, jurists, academics, environmentalists, economists, legislators and policy makers during the Dubai Global Convention incorporating the 7th International Conference on Social Responsibility, being held on 24 - 26 April 2012 at the same venue. 

His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qutami, Minister of Education, Govt of UAE, has consented to be the Chief Guest at the Gala Awards Nite and present the Golden Peacock Awards along with Hon'ble Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Corporate Affairs, Govt of India.