Thursday, August 30, 2012

Arvind Movva included in the list of 33 ASC Industry Leaders Under 40


Arvind Movva is the only Indian American doctor included in the list of 33 Ambulatory Surgery Center Industry leaders who — despite their continued success, far-reaching influence and deep knowledge of the industry — have yet to reach age 40.

Arvind Movva, MD (35). Dr. Movva is currently CEO of Heartland Clinic, Valley View Anesthesia and Regional SurgiCenter, an eight-OR multi-specialty ASC in Illinois. He also practices as a gastroenterologist and serves as co-founder and consultant with Movva Medical Consulting. Dr. Movva joined Gastroenterology Consultants upon completion of his fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in 2010. He offers a full range of gastroenterology care, including ERCP/EUS, hemorrhoidal banding and a cure for Barrett's Esophagus. Dr. Movva received his MD from The Chicago Medical School and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.
 

K V Chowdary appointed CBDT member


Senior Income Tax officer Kosaraju Veeraiah Chowdary was today appointed member of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in the Finance Ministry.

K. V. Chowdary is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service. With a Masters degree in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, he joined the IRS in 1978 through the Civil Services Examination, he was till now serving as the Director General (Investigations) in the national capital and was heading a number of high-profile I-T probes including the 2G spectrum allocation case and the HSBC Geneva taxpayers list.

With his appointment, the CBDT will function with full strength. It had a few vacancies for some time.

The CBDT has six members apart from the Chairman and is the apex body for policy and administrative issues related to direct taxes and the Income Tax department.

Chowdary is credited with initiating a host of new steps to enhance and build up the intelligence and investigation set up of the Income Tax department. A number of high profile searches and raids were carried out by Delhi investigations unit of the department during his tenure.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

7Seas Entertainment: Ahead of the wave


For six years from 1999, Lingamaneni Maruti Sankar, with a B.E. and an MBA from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, was working at VisualSoft (sold to Megasoft later) in the product delivery and development team.

While working there, he was visualising an enterprise of his own in the area of digital games, a fledgling area that was just catching the imagination of IT professionals. He quit the firm in 2006 and worked on the blueprint of his start-up for about six to eight months.
 
Selling the idea to angel investors was, as expected, a tough task.
 
“I believe in developing a pool of games and building a repository of intellectual property. I do not believe in developing a game to sell it once for all. I am here to a play a long-term game,” Maruti Sanker, now the Managing Director of 7Seas Entertainment, says.
 
While betting his personal savings from his VisualSoft job, he went on to sell the idea. He raised Rs 1 crore from an angel investor, with which he started his firm with 10 people, including five programmers.

Business segments

His first game was 3D Sudoku for personal computers in 2007. A year later, the number rose to 100 and the firm started game portals called Onlinerealgames.com, Mobizill.com and Neodelight.com.

The last one is a Germany gaming development firm with a library of 33 games the Hyderabad-based company acquired in 2008. The business model of the firm is giving non-exclusive permissions to Web sites and aggregators globally.
 
“We have three business segments — creating gaming IP, game publishing and game distribution. And our revenue model is game licensing, selling ad space in our portals and games, and selling mobile games. We are also developing film-based games. Whatever we do, we own the IP. There is no going back on this,” he says.
 
After six years of its inception, the firm owns over 500 games. Of these, at least 100 are popular.
They are being played on several platforms — from the company-owned game portals such as Onlinerealgames.com and Neodelight.com, they are open for gamers from several third-party sites, particularly social networking sites.
 
The company has developed gaming engines that help it develop games more quickly, reducing expenditure.
 
“A social networking site that wants to be in the reckoning needs to have a stable of games in order to hold attention of visitors. For that, they should be able to have games on their site from day one. If they don’t have games, they will not be able to attract and sustain traffic to the sites. And game development not being their core activity, they need people like us,” he points out.

Other consumers

The other consumers of games include e-learning sites, localised portals and entertainment portals. “There are not many game developers who have a wide variety of games. The demand for our content only grow in years to come as more and more social networking, e-learning and entertainment portals sprout,” he said.
 
His game plan is to have as many games as possible. He thinks that he would need a critical mass of 1,000 games. “We are going to achieve this in the next two-three years,” he says.
 
With games having universal appeal, the company has got some translated into Turkish, Danish and German, besides making them available in some Indian languages. He thinks that India is uniquely positioned to tap opportunity both in online and mobile gaming areas, thanks to its vast creative and IT talent pool.
 
After the computer-based games, the company began to work on converting them for use on mobile platforms. As java-based phones started to swarm initially, the company turned about 20 of them on to this platform.
 
The company is now gearing up to deliver products for smartphones. Last week, it released Dark Man, a physics-based aim-the-arrow game for Android devices priced at 0.99 cents.
 
“We see a huge demand for Android content as the smartphone population and consumption of 3G services is increasing very fast. We are focusing more on this segment and have lined up 12 games in the next few weeks. We are planning to have 100 games on Android, iOS (Apple), BlackBerry and Symbian platforms in two years,” he said.
 
When it is ready with such a ‘critical number’, it would open a game store on its own portals and also on third-party platforms such as Google Play.

Mobile focus

Quoting IT research firm Gartner, he said 70-90 per cent of all mobile consumer applications downloaded are games
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And over 60 per cent of the games downloaded are offered free. This trend is likely to continue for the next two to three years.
 
“The mobile gaming end-user revenue will cross the $11-billion mark from $5.6 billion in 2010,” he points out.
 
From Rs 7.72 crore in 2007-08, the company’s turnover went up to Rs 23 crore in 2011-12.
Its profits rose from Rs 1.9 crore to Rs 3.16 crore during the period. The company’s shares are traded on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Rochester Hills Councilmember Ravi Yalamanchi Seeking Seat on College Board of Trustees

Ravi Yalamanchi is one of 13 candidates running for 2 spots on the OCC board.

Rochester Hills City Councilmember Ravi Yalamanchi is looking to add a new duty to his long list of community involvements: that of Oakland Community College Trustee.
 
Yalamanchi is vying for a six-year term on the college's governing board this November. It's a nonpartisan, volunteer position. If elected, Yalamanchi will still be able to keep his spot on City Council.

In his campaign flier, Yalamanchi says he will "promote quality education at an affordable price, promote curriculum that aligns with sector needs and growth areas, promote technology and training in vocational and technical trades, and promote collaboration with business, government and nonprofits."

Yalamanchi is the CEO of Metro Community Development.

Yalamanchi is one of 13 candidates for two six-year terms on the board of trustees. Other candidates are:
  • Pamala Davis of Clawson
  • Clay Jansson of Milford
  • David Kniffen of Royal Oak
  • Gillian Levy of Birmingham
  • Olga Meyer of West Bloomfield
  • Christine O'Sullivan of Troy
  • Angela River of Auburn Hills
  • Latrecia Scott of Farmington Hills
  • E. Wadsworth Sherrod III of West Bloomfield
  • Randy Ston of Commerce Township
  • Steve Thomas of Waterford
  • David Trott of Birmingham
Read more about Yalamanchi at www.raviyalamanchi.com

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Anudeep Kodali and Taylor Fritz wins doubles title at the U.S.T.A Boys 14 National Tennis Championship

Anudeep Kodali and Taylor wins doubles title at the U.S.T.A Boys 14 National Tennis Championship held Aug. 5-10 at San Antonio’s McFarlin Tennis Center.

Taylor Fritz and his doubles partner Anudeep Kodali of Durham, N.C, the No. 1 seeds, dispatched the No. 3 team of Lane Leschly( Atherton, Calif.) and Mwendwa Mbithi ( Succasunna, N.J.) 6-0, 6-1 in the championship match.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Boy from Andhra Pradesh making waves in U.K.

 
    Oxford University PG topper Samara Kolli.

The way Samarasimha Kolli acquired knowledge is astounding to say the least .

“Mathematics is essentially a language. Mathematics and philosophy are like the hardware of a computer and every other subject the software. Maths and philosophy teach us how to think creatively and analyse, learning other subjects becomes very easy,” says Samarasimha Kolli (called Samara in short).

Samara is one of the toppers of his class at Merton College, University of Oxford, in the subjects of mathematics and philosophy. With mathematics and philosophy being his passion, he wants to pursue Ph.D. in them.
 
Before diving headlong into academics again, he has come to India to discover his roots. Samara spent the first two years of his life in Madhira in Khammam district, where he was born. His mother Padmasri Chekuri belongs to the village. His father Prasanth, an anaesthesiologist, belongs to Jangaon in Warangal.
 
When Samara was two, his family moved to Oman and a couple of years later to the U.K. After moving around a little bit, his parents settled down in Manchester and Samara finished his high school in Manchester Grammar School, scoring 599 out of 600 in mathematics, 597 in philosophy, and 600 in politics.
 
Having high scores in philosophy, he opted for Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) course, a forerunner for Whitehall jobs (civil administration) in the university.
 
He even took a few courses in macroeconomics and political philosophy in Harvard University (Boston, USA), but found the combination intellectually “unstimulating.” It was then he decided to study mathematics and philosophy.
 
In his post-graduation, Samara scored 92 per cent in Godel’s (mathematical logician) ‘Incompleteness Theorems’ and 88 per cent in Lambda Calculus.
 
Languages known
He is fluent in English, French, and Russian. He studied French and Russian from school itself.
He has begun learning Urdu and also speaks Telugu, his mother tongue.
 
He is very fond of Carnatic music and has given Veena concerts and even played for television channels.
 
He is also very good in Western dances such as the Waltz and the Jive and has participated in nation-wide inter-varsity competition and won prizes for his college.

Kony acquires Australia’s Sky Technologies

Kony Solutions continues to accelerate and consolidate its position in the worldwide mobile enterprise services market with its acquisition of Australian SAP-certified mobility solutions provider, Sky Technologies.
 
Kony CEO, Raj Koneru, said the acquisition of the Melbourne-based Sky was part of the company’s ongoing strategy to simplify enterprise mobility and made Kony the “undisputed mobile and multichannel application platform leader, with a strong roster of customers of all sizes, across multiple industries and regions."

Koneru says the acquisition brings together Sky’s “deep enterprise expertise and large installed base of SAP mobile customers with Kony’s award-winning mobile and multichannel application platform, packaged mobile applications, and mobile application management (MAM) solutions.”

“The resulting solution will enable corporations of all sizes to accelerate time to revenue and time to market by harnessing highly efficient mobile technologies for both business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-employee (B2E) applications.
"By combining forces with Sky, Kony enables our customers to partner with a single provider for all their mobility and multichannel needs. Our mobile solutions not only manage the mobile demands of millions of consumers who want to interact with a brand on the go, across a myriad of devices, but also the complex requirements of the workforce.”

According to Koneru, the strategic acquisition of Sky comes during a shift in computing to mobile devices, both within the enterprise and among consumers, and he said that to meet the demands created by this shift, industry analyst firm, Gartner, had recommended that businesses take a multichannel approach to their computing strategies, creating a “unified architecture encompassing mobile, rich client, desktop Web, and other digital channels to deliver optimised user experiences across the full variety of devices that users interact with every day.”

Dominique Fisher, Chairman of Sky technologies, said that Kony’s acquisition and global deployment of Sky’s valuable technology was testament to the strength and innovation of its home-grown and funded Australian team. “We can all be very proud that a high-quality Australian technology company will now merge technologies with one of the most exciting global companies in the mobile space.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Vivek Vasireddy tied for third place in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.


After three days of competition, champions were crowned in 13 different age divisions on last Saturday, seven in the boys’ field and six in the girls’ field, of the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.

Playing at nine different courses in the area, the tournament brought more than 1,200 players from 39 countries to Moore County for the seventh consecutive year
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The world championship had its share of highlights, starting with the opening ceremony that featured the parade of nations held in Pinehurst last Tuesday.

Boys 11 division:

Guang Shi Chen of Shenzhen, China, refused to let his foot off the gas at Talamore Golf Resort, firing a final-round 5-under-par 67 to post a tournament total of 17-under-par 199 to win the boys 11 division.

The boys 11 division played Talamore Golf Resort at 5,522 yards.

For the tournament, Chen recorded a remarkable 20 birdies and only three bogeys. He used his length off the tee to his advantage, as he birdied 12 of the 14 par-4s and par-5s during his three rounds. Bo Peng of Nan Jing, China, had an outstanding tournament of his own, finishing at 10-under-par 206, but was seven strokes behind Chen. Aaron Chen and Vivek Vasireddy, both of Fremont, Calif., tied for third place. 

Vemuri Sudhakar: A triple Olympian with a difference


Badminton referee Vemuri Sudhakar has the distinction of officiating in three consecutive Olympics (1992, 1996 and 2000)

He made a mark in the Olympics even before the likes of Gopichand, Saina Nehwal. But, with a difference.

Vemuri Sudhakar (62) is the proud recipient of commemorative medallions for officiating in three consecutive Olympics (1992, 1996 and 2000). And, this Hyderabadi still happens to be the only Indian to achieve this rare feat in badminton.

For Sudhakar, a student of Methodist School and the Nizam College, his maiden Olympics was also the same edition when badminton was introduced as a medal sport. “That actually makes me feel very special about the whole experience of Barcelona even now,” says the highly-respected official.

Eventful

Sudhakar didn’t care for reputations, stuck to the rules and not surprisingly had the ‘distinction’ of issuing the only official warning in badminton to the eventual gold medallist Alan Budi Kusuma of Indonesian in the men’s singles quarter-final for delay tactics in the 1992 edition. “I was not worried. In fact, he took it in a very sportive manner. I also officiated in the semi-final there,” he recalls.
One of the lasting impressions of Barcelona Olympics which is frozen in his memory was when Sudhakar saw the archer lit the Olympic Flame in the stadium with his arrow. “He walked past me. I was just about 60 feet away from where he took the aim. I was wondering what he was up to. But, what an amazing spectacle it was. Truly sensational experience,” says the Badminton World Federation umpires assessment panel member.

“The beauty of Olympics is that organisers rarely give you a scope for complaint. Everything is so meticulously planned. The volunteers should get the credit for making everyone feel in the comfort zone” he says the veteran badminton official.

Cleansing the system is his mantra


BANGALORE: This 21-year-old Bangalore-based Srikar Gullapalli currently at Colgate University, New York, has a passion — to 'shudhify ' (cleanse) the corrupt system in his home town. During his summer holidays this year, Srikar Gullapalli interviewed the aam janata at the offices of BBMP, BDA, sub-registrar , RTO as well as police stations and government hospitals. He found that 33.38% of those surveyed were not satisfied with service, 37.98% were asked to pay a bribe, 38.61% used a middleman to work done and 15% felt threatened.

He's the youngest researcher at IIMB's seventh annual conference on public policy and management. IIM-B's Centre for Public Policy is coordinating with civic agencies to get rid of corruption in public services, based on his report. "We appreciate his efforts in reaching out to the public and asking them about corruption.

Gullapalli was selected as one of 60 youngsters worldwide (out of 1,500 applicants ) with the potential to change the world. He worked with the British Council and received funding for two initiatives , including Shudhify. Prof Michael Johnston, author of 'Syndromes of Corruption' and former director of Transparency International USA, was his mentor for the project. This research was sponsored by British Council, Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network at the World Bank Institute, and the Lampert Endowment of the PPE programme at Colgate University.

'We'll throw you in jail!'
Police threatened my surveyors talking to citizens outside the police station. The constable at Frazer Town police station said, "We'll throw you in jail if you continue with these surveys" . At sub-registrar offices, middlemen threatened to inform higher-ups , including the sub-registrar . This shows the nexus between these touts and officials. An MLA refused to admit the rampant corruption in government offices in his constituency. There's hardly been any effort by elected representatives to curb the menace. If processes are more organized, it reduces the likelihood of citizens using middlemen. The simpler the process, the less likelihood of citizens paying bribes. If government officers are accessible, it reduces the chances of citizens feeling threatened.

Survey methodology
2,580 interviews in June 2012 893 at 50 sub-registrar offices 452 at 20 government hospitals 952 at 54 police stations 215 household surveys in 8 zones Average age of respondents 34 years 79.95% respondents male 29% have college degree 36% have monthly income greater than Rs 10000 Driving licence test One person said his driving instructor completed the test on his behalf which made the process faster.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Anurag Gogineni bags US varsity's top scholarship‎


August 16: University of Cincinnati has announced the coveted Global Scholarship worth US $100,000 to be presented to Anurag Gogineni, the only recipient of the highest level award this year owing to his excellent academics and extracurricular achievements. Gogineni will receive a full tuition scholarship of US $25,000, renewable for four years, for a total value of US $100,000. He will be pursuing his bachelor’s degree at the university, which commences in August 2012.

Out of the 1300 international applications received by the university, Gogineni was chosen as the most deserving candidate.

“UC has a great business school, one of the best campuses according to popular rankings, well developed business leadership programs, and ample scholarships. It offers excellent placements & an enriching co-op programme,” Anurag said of Cincinnati.

Anurag has also been admitted to the highly selective Kolodzik Business Scholar’s programme at the university, enabling him to have a customized academic programme with opportunities to work with prestigious global brands like Proctor & Gamble

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dr.Jasti Sambasiva Rao named Peorian of the Year


Peoria, IL: Dr. Jasti Sambasiva Rao, head of cancer research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria was named the first winner of the annual Peorian of the Year award presented Wednesday during a reception at the Par A Dice Hotel. The awarded was established by The Peorian and its parent company, AdCo Advertising Agency to honor a resident of Peoria region who through their work or avocation has improved the quality of life in the area. Also presented Wednesday was a $10,000 donation from The Peorian to Children's Hospital of Illinois in Dr. Rao's name.

Parvathaneni Harish assumed charge as the Consul General of India in US


Dallas -TX: Dallas Telugu community gathered to welcome Hon. Parvathaneni Harish, the newly appointed Consul General of India in the US at Pasand Irving Restaurant on Saturday, August 11, 2012.

Prasad Thotakura, TANA President introduced Hon. CGI Harish to the gathering as he is the first of person of Telugu origin to assume this highest position in US consulate history.

Hon. Harish grew up in Vijayawada, attended NSM Public School, Layola College and graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad with a Mechanical Engineering degree.

Prasad Thotakura and Dr. S. Raghavendra Prasad, former TANA President felicitated Hon. CGI Harish with a shawl, Manju Kanneganti, TANA SW Regional Representative presented a bouquet of flowers. Chalapathi Rao Kondrakunta, TANA Membership promotion Chair and Dr. Bhanumathi Ivatury, TANA Social Services Chair presented a token appreciation to Hon. CGI and his wife Nandita. Suresh Manduva, TANTEX President-elect also felicitated Hon. CGI by presenting a shawl and a bouquet of flowers. 
P. HARISH, IFS Ex. Academic Background:BE (Mechanical Engineering) from Osmania University College of Engineering with Gold Medal
Joined Indian Foreign Service in 1990;

Learnt Arabic at the American University of Cairo and passed the examination with distinction;
Served in Indian Missions in Cairo and Riyadh handling Political, Commercial, Project and Press andInformation Sections;
Was Indian Representative to the Palestine National Authority during June 1998 – September 2000stationed in Gaza city, heading the Post;
Was on deputation to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East(UNRWA) from October 2000 to September 2005;
Promoted as Chief of the Policy Analysis Unit at UNRWA Headquarters reporting to the Commissioner-General of the Agency;
Served as Director (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs from October 2005 to May 2006;
Served as Director (External Publicity) in the Ministry of External Affairs from May 2006 to August 2007;
Joint Secretary, Ministry of External AffairsOfficer on Special Duty to the Vice President of India August 2001 to August 2012;

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Deena Naidoo wins first ever MasterChef SA

South Africa's first MasterChef Deena Naidoo, with celebrity chef Reza Mahammad, right.

Deena Naidoo, the affable 45-year-old IT specialist from Durban, has won the title of South Africa’s first MasterChef, beating 30-year-old Sue-Ann Allen in the final.

In the nail-biting finalé to M-Net’s first season of MasterChef SA on Tuesday, 24 July, Naidoo battled it out for the top prize against Woodstock lighting designer Sue-Ann Allen in a grueling three-part cook-off.

At the start of the episode Naidoo and Allen were flown to Johannesburg in the lap of luxury for a night in the glamorous Presidential Suite of the Palazzo Hotel at MonteCasino. “This place is obviously made for rock stars,” Allen swooned, before the two finalists were whisked off for the dinner of a lifetime at the MondoVino restaurant at Tsogo Sun’s SunSquare, which forms part of the winner’s prize package, where a three-course dinner was cooked especially for them by the MasterChef SA judges, Pete Goffe-Wood, Benny Masekwameng and Andrew Atkinson.

But the next morning it was back to reality as the two finalists headed back into the MasterChef kitchen in Paarl for the cook-off of all cook-offs. Naidoo and Allen competed in three different stages: first a mystery box challenge with an all-veggie box of ingredients, from which Allen prepared beetroot and goats’ cheese samoosas with crispy fried ribbons of vegetables and a herbed mayonnaise and Naidoo made a sautéed brussels sprouts, roasted root vegetables and a parsnip purée. Next up was an invention test out of the MasterChef SA pantry, from which Allen produced a beef fillet in a red wine and porcini mushroom broth and Naidoo prepared a coriander-crusted lamb loin with honey and mustard. And the tense final round was a pressure test in which the finalists reproduced a complicated deconstructed milk tart dessert consisting of thin pastry layers with a base of cinnamon and apple gel and piped-out milk tart filling, topped with crystallized fennel seeds and a spun sugar spiral and served with a baby basil and “appel moes” (apple purée).

As South Africa’s first-ever MasterChef, Naidoo received the biggest prize package in South African television history. The R8-million prize includes:
- R250 000 from Robertsons
- A Hyundai Elantra 1.6 GLS
- A seven-day culinary experience in Italy and an Italian cookery course, courtesy of Woolworths
- A year’s supply of Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve wines and a customised sommelier course and one-on-one masterclasses with Nederburg’s cellarmaster
- Tsogo Sun restaurant, the MondoVino, at Tsogo Sun’s SunSquare Montecasino, for a period of two years.

S African appoints Pamela Naidoo as Geology Society head


Johannesburg August 01, 2012: A veteran Indian-origin geologist has been appointed as the new president of the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA).

Pamela Naidoo, the country manager for exploration at international mining giant Rio Tinto, took over the reins of the GSSA, which was established in 1895, and is one of the oldest and largest societies of its kind in Africa.

Naidoo has been a member of the Society for more than a decade and served as its vice-president on the management committee for five years.

The Society promotes the study of the earth sciences, facilitates the professional development of its members, and advances the use of geoscience in the academic, professional, and public sectors.

Naidoo said she was drawn into the field of Geology through a lifelong fascination with science, in particular earth sciences.

She obtained degrees at various South African universities and was prompted to do a Master's degree after working on a magnetite deposit in north central Vietnam.

Naidoo has received numerous accolades for recognition for her activities in developing skills and promoting best practice in the industry.

She is highly active in promoting the role of women in mining and was involved in forming an association of mining professionals, Women in Mining South Africa in 2010.