Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Paturi Rajagopala Naidu: MP, social activist and fredom fighter


Paturi Rajagopala Naidu , better known as Rajanna (7 November 1900– 9 June 1995), was an Indian freedom fighter, parliamentarian, and kisan (farmer) leader. He was an exponent of the peasant philosophy, and considered the father of the Indian Peasant Movement after Swami Sahajanand Saraswati.

Raja gopala Naidu was born in Diguvamagham village in chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. He went to school in his native village, and graduated from the Andhra-Christian College, Guntur. He received a B.Litt. in Economics from the University of Oxford in 1926. On his return to India, he took up teaching as Professor of Economics at Pachaiyappa's College, Madras (Chennai).
Rajagopala Naidu joined the freedom movement inspired by Gandhi's clarion call in 1930. He led the ryot agitation in 1933. Three years later, he along with N.G.Ranga launched the Kisan Congress party. He held historic discussions with Gandhiji on the demand for a rythu-coolie state. He wrote a book, Bapu Blesses regarding his discussions with Gandhi.. Rajagopala Naidu quit the Congress Party and founded the Bharat Krishikar Lok Party and the Swatantra Party, along with N.G.Ranga who was a trenchant critic of the cooperative farming idea.

Ranga became the founder-president of the Swatantra Party, while Rajagopla Naidu became as secretary and held that post for a decade. In the general elections held in 1962, the party won 25 seats and emerged as a strong Opposition. Rajagopla Naidu rejoined the Congress (I) in 1972 along with N.G.Ranga.

He was elected to Loksabha from Chittor Parliament constituancy in 1977 and 1980.

His daughter Galla Aruna Kumari is the present Minister for Geology and Mines and his son in law Galla Ramachandra Naidu is the Founder and Managing director of Amara Raja Group of companies.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Humpy gets a share of second place at FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess tournament

Jermuk, Armenia:  Koneru Humpy of India signed off in style with an exciting win over Ju Wenjun of China in the 11th and last round of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess tournament at Jermuk on Saturday.
Humpy finished with 6.5 points and got a share of the second place in a three-way tie as Chinese trio Wenjun, Hou Yifan and Lufei Ruan lost their last-round games in a dramatic finish.

Yifan could still hold on to her first place as she had reached seven points in the penultimate round itself while Humpy, Kateryna Lahno of Ukraine and Nadezhda Kosintseva of Russia won their last games and got into a tie for the second place.

Lahno and Nadezhda had better tiebreak scores but Humpy's recovery from two losses in the second half earned her a better finish.

Humpy played a remarkable game with black against Ju Wenjun, who had led the field till the homestretch. In a Queens Gambit Declined game, Humpy went for broke and unleashed an allout attack on the kingside, breaking open the knight file with the rooks and queen.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Saketh Myneni wins ITF Tennis title


Chennai July 28, 2012: Second seeded Saketh Myneni of Hyderabad won the Indian Oil Servo Men's ITF Futures tennis championship, beating fourth seed Suk-YunJeong of Korea 6-3 2-6 6-4 in the singles final here today.

In the 2 hour and 15 minute encounter, Saketh broke Jeong in the fourth game of the first set and maintained the tempo right through.

The second set was a different story as Saketh suddenly lost concentration to trail 0-5 before holding his serve to reduce the lead to 2-5.

Jeong then played a resolute game to close out the set. After taking a toilet break, Saketh straightaway broke Jeong's serve in the very first game of the decisive third set.

Saketh's percentage of effective first serves improved and he kept his domination, breaking Jeong again to lead 5-2.
At this stage, Saketh faltered again as Jeong broke back with punishing ground strokes. But at 5-4, Saket held his serve to win the set and the title.

This was Saketh's second title here.

"I am thrilled to win in Chennai once again. I am working on improving my fitness to enable me to do well in higher level of tournaments in the future.

"I am extremely grateful to my parents, my coach Mr C V Nagraj and rest of the coaching team in making it possible for me to get so far," Saketh said.

Saketh was richer by USD 1300 and 18 ATP points

Friday, July 27, 2012

Saket Myneni reaches final of Men's Futures ITF tournament


Chennai, July 27, 2012: Second seed Saket Myneni of Andhra Pradesh stormed into the final, beating eighth seed Karunuday Singh 6-1 6-3 in Indian Oil Servo Men's Futures tournament at the SDAT Tennis Stadium here today.

Saket, who rose to a 5-0 lead in the first set, will take on Suk-Young Jeong of Korea in the final. Jeong defeated compatriot Hyun-Woo Nam 6-4 6-4 in the second semi-final.

In a closely-contested doubles final, Thai pair of Weerapat Doakmaiklee and Perakiat Siriluethaiwattana overcame Indian combo of Saket Myneni and Arun-Prakash Rajagopalan in a Super tiebreak.

Leelarani Chigurupati achieves Board Certification as a Specialist in Oncology Nutrition


Leelarani Chigurupati now possesses a Board Certification as a specialist in Oncology Nutrition and may now use the title, RD, CSO. She is one of only 13 in the state of Indiana with this designation.

A registered dietitian must successfully meet detailed specialty practice requirements and pass a nationally administered examination in order to become board certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals and is empowering members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders and optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition.

Board Certified Specialists in Oncology Nutrition are registered dietitians working directly with individuals at risk for, or diagnosed with, any type of malignancy or pre-malignant condition.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kamineni Eswara Rao 2 times Olympian, former Mr.Universe


Kamineni Eswara Rao was born on  August 26, 1918 in Bhatlapenamarru, Krishna, Andhra Pradesh,

The India's own `powerhouse' Kamineni Eswara Rao who took part in the 1952, 1956 (11th place) Olympics. Widely acknowledged for redefining the skills in the sport at the highest level, Eswara Rao was known in the circles as one who defied the book and scripted his own fabulous feats. He was adjudged `strongest man of India' in the 1954 Senior Nationals in Delhi in the 90 kg category and also won the "Strongest man of India" title, at one stage held as many as 25 national records. For the record he was the first weightlifter to win a silver medal in the inaugural Asian Games and also the Mr. Universe title winner in London. A fitting tribute to his genius was paid by the famous American coach Bob Hoffman who remarked on watching Eswara Rao: "You have a powerhouse in Rao. What you need is scientific training and speed." In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He won the 'Arjuna Award' on 1963.

He was passed away on November 7, 2007 in Bhatlapenamarru,



Saturday, July 21, 2012

Nutakki Priyanka is Asian under-10 champion


Mutakki Priyanka, a student of Mustabada Chess Educational Academy, hauled seven points out of nine to emerge winner.

Nutakki Priyanka, a 10-year-old chess player, made the Indian chess fraternity proud by winning the Asian under-10 girls’ title, her first major title, in the Asian Youth Chess Championship that concluded at Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka on 1st July. Priyanka, a student of Mustabada Chess Educational Academy, hauled seven points out of nine to emerge winner and later she helped India win the team gold by garnering 19.5 points along with C. Lakshmi and Kaur Palkin. “Priyanka prepared well for the tournament and she won the title with the help of her pet openings like English and Sicilian Defence. She did well in both middle and end games to befuddle her opponents. She was down against Serikbay Assel of Kazakhstan in the third game, but showed good temperament to bounce back to win comfortably,” her coach V.R. Bobba, told The Hindu from Sri Lanka. She lost to a little known player in the eighth round (Abduali Sama of Kazakhstan) and drew with fellow Indian C. Lakshmi and Zahedifar Anahita (Iran).

Hot favourite
Mr. Bobba said Priyanka, with her triumph at Sri Lanka, would be the hot favourite to win the world title when she travels to Slovenia to play the world under-10 championship in November. “She will be undergoing a different kind of coaching for the all-important tournament. We are planning to rope in former National ‘B’ player S. Vijayasaradhy and coach of Grand Master Musunuti R. Lalith Babu, G. Murali Krishna,” he said. Incidentally, Priyanka also won the Asian rapid title, which was introduced by the Asian Chess Federation, before start of the main event. Earlier, Grand Master Koneru Humpy and Yalamanchili Sandeep won the Asian under-10 titles from Vijayawada.

Kolli Mihir Sai is US Taekwondo champion


Kolli Mihir Sai, the grand-son of former director-general of police V. Appa Rao and son of Dr. Kolli Rajasekhar and Dr. Sailaja from Hyderabad, has won one Gold medal and one Bronze Medal in the 10 to 12 years age group, in jumping high kick, skipping side kick, turning back kick, spinning hook kick and power breaking in the Annual United States Open Taekwondo Championship 2012 held at Colorado Springs City of US last week. Mihir is 10 years old, studying 5th class in Honolulu, Hawaii and already a Black Belt in Taekwondo. 1300 competitors of different age groups from all over the world competed.

Mihir is studying at the same school in Honolulu where US President Barack Obama studied.