Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wall Street Journal's Raju Narisetti Upped To SVP At New News Corporation

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Deputy Managing Editor and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL DIGITAL NETWORK Managing Editor RAJU NARISETTI has been upped to SVP and Deputy Head of Strategy for the NEW NEWS CORPORATION, the newspaper and digital publishing company being formed in the split of the WSJ's parent company, NEWS CORPORATION, into two separate companies.

NARISETTI, whose duties at the digital division include oversight of editorial teams and content strategies for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL RADIO NETWORK and MARKETWATCH RADIO NETWORK, will assume his new role on MARCH 11th, reporting to Chief Strategy Officer ANOUSHKA HEALY.  He joined NEWS CORP. in FEBRUARY 2012 after three years as Managing Editor of WASHINGTON POST CO.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gadde Ruthvika Shivani: Junior National Badminton Champion

Sixteen-year-old Gadde Ruthvika Shivani is working hard with the singular motto of reaching the pinnacle of international women’s badminton and helping her is former all-England champion Pullela Gopichand. 

Her boyish appearance is as deceptive as her strokes. She settled for the crew cut, for she believed a plait would disturb her during play. This nonchalant girl is working hard with the singular motto of reaching the pinnacle of international women’s badminton and helping her is former all-England champion Pullela Gopichand.

Sixteen-year-old Gadde Ruthvika Shivani — after fellow-teenager P. V. Sindhu had graduated to the seniors — is leading a talented bunch of junior shuttlers in a quest for glory.

This current under-17 and -19 singles champion made enthusiasts sit up with a noteworthy foray into the senior ranks this year by taking part (and winning a medal) in four events — Tata Open (Mumbai), Syed Modi Grand Prix (Lucknow), Smt. Vankina Anjani Devi Memorial all-India senior ranking (Hyderabad) and the ONGC all-India senior ranking tournament in Bangalore. Shivani, partnering Gadre Pradnya (AAI), also won the women’s doubles honours in the Hyderabad event.

She acquired an array of strokes and abundant finesse after shifting to the Hyderabad-based Gopichand Academy, six months ago. “Shivani joined the Academy when the Indian team was performing in the 2012 London Olympics. The Academy was abuzz with hope and anticipation and that really spurred her up,” says her mother Prameela Rani.

Shivani, training under the vigilant eyes of Gopichand, is concentrating only on singles to avoid early burnout. “She used to play all formats — singles, doubles and mixed doubles — thus taking a heavy burden on herself. As she is ageing, she should shed the workload to stay fit for a longer duration. Gopi is doing the right thing by focusing on singles,” felt Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh coach Sudhakar Reddy, who had been Shivani’s coach in Khammam.

Shivani has a mature approach on court.

Shivani was a regular at the Sequel Resorts in Khammam in 2003. “She was weak and lean when she joined me at the age of seven. But gradually she picked up deception and she is too good at cross-court drops on both sides and deft half-smashes,” says Reddy.

Her steady growth in badminton could be attributed to her penchant for playing doubles with boys who were more powerful and fleet-footed. “At Khammam, she always used to wind up her practice session with an intensively-fought doubles match with boys. That is how she mastered the mixing up of strokes,” Reddy explained.

This five-foot-seven-inch girl bagged her first gold abroad when she defeated the second-seed in the under-19 final at Ramenskoye near Moscow. “She has won around 120 medals including 80 in various nationals in different age groups,” recollected Bhavani Prasad, her father.

Interestingly, Shivani, a Class XI student from Jubilee Hills Public School, idolises, not an Indian shuttler but a Chinese — Wang Shi Xian. “I like her style and strokes. She moves confidently on court and plays to her potential. Among Indians, I adore Saina Nehwal,” says the teenager, who gets Rs. 10,000 as stipend from the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.

Shivani has donned the Indian colours, representing the junior teams in Japan (thrice), Russia, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, the Netherlands, and China. “What is appealing in her is her on-court behaviour. She plays the game in a matter-of-fact manner, decimating the rival systematically, without much ado. She values the importance of silence and that is her real strength. She is the Miss Cool of the Indian Badminton,” says the Badminton Association of India, Secretary (Events) K.Ch. Punnaiah Chowdary.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ottawa student Ram Koganti wins county spelling bee

After 15 rounds of competitive spelling, Ram Koganti of Ottawa's Wallace Elementary came out on top at the 53rd La Salle County Spelling Bee Saturday.

Koganti's winning word was "sturgeon,"narrowly beating Owen Stoneking, of Waltham Elementary School in Utica.

"It's pretty hard," Koganti told the crowd after Regional Superintendent of Schools Christopher Dvorak asked him if he had anything to say upon winning.

Koganti has been studying for an hour each night since he won his school's spelling bee and thanked his family for supporting him.

Thirty-four top spellers from around the county competed for the chance to represent La Salle County at the grand finals in Peoria on Friday, March 15.

"It was kind of fun to compete against everyone,"Koganti told The Times. "You're facing everyone who won in their school so you're facing some good competition."

This was Stoneking's third appearance at the county spelling bee, having set a record at Waltham for most school wins.

Stoneking also said he's been studying hard with his family, and though he wishes he would have won, he was glad to have competed.

"Ithought we had some excellent spellers,"judge Lloyd Chapman said. "What we tried to do is go from easy to difficult words this year. The best speller won."

Young tennis prodigy Bollipalli Rithvik Chowdary is India No. 1

Hyderabad: The School of Power Tennis, run by coach C. V. Nagraj, has thrown up a bundle of talent in the form of Bollipalli Rithvik Chowdary. And, if his latest achievement of becoming India No. 1 in the boys under-12 category is any indication, Rithvik is widely believed by observers to make a big impact if only he sustains his current levels of excellence and passion for the sport.

“Rithvik has the talent and the game to go a long way in the circuit. The best part is that he is disciplined and is keen on improving his game,” acknowledged Mr. Nagaraj, who has the rare distinction of producing three Davis Cuppers from his school at the RRC Ground in Secunderabad.




Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Young Publisher Bhaskar Sunkara Takes Marx Into the Mainstream

When Bhaskar Sunkara was growing up in Westchester County, he likes to say, he dreamed of being a professional basketball player.       

But the height gods, among others, didn’t smile in his favor. So in 2009, during a medical leave from his sophomore year at George Washington University, Mr. Sunkara turned to Plan B: creating a magazine dedicated to bringing jargon-free neo-Marxist thinking to the masses.

If that hardly seems less of a long shot at fame, let alone fortune, he’s the first to agree.
“I had no right to start a print publication when I was 21,” he said in an interview in a cafe near his apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. “Looking back, I see it as a moment of creative ignorance. You have to have enough intelligence to execute something like this but be stupid enough to think it could be successful.”
The resulting magazine, Jacobin, whose ninth issue just landed, has certainly been an improbable hit, buoyed by the radical stirrings of the Occupy movement and a bitingly satirical but serious-minded style. Since its debut in September 2010 it has attracted nearly 2,000 print and digital subscribers, some 250,000 Web hits a month, regular name-checks from prominent bloggers, and book deals from two New York publishers.
It has also earned Mr. Sunkara, now a ripe 23, extravagant praise from members of a (slightly) older guard who see his success as heartening sign that the socialist “brand” — to use a word he throws around with un-self-conscious ease — hasn’t been totally killed off by Tea Party invective.
“Bhaskar’s a really remarkable — I want to say kid, but that sounds condescending,” said the MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who gave Jacobin a shout-out in Rolling Stone last June before inviting Mr. Sunkara onto his show. (Mr. Sunkara skipped part of his college graduation to appear.) “He’s got the combination of boastful assurance and competence of a very good young rapper.”
And the praise doesn’t come only from the left-hand side of the spectrum. The National Review blogger Reihan Salam, who has linked to numerous Jacobin articles, called Mr. Sunkara “an almost hilariously savvy character who knows how to deploy mockery and flattery to great effect.”
The magazine’s injection of a “vital left-of-left-of-center” viewpoint into the conversation, he added, “has been very fun to watch.”
In writing Mr. Sunkara can come on like a one-man insult-comedy squad, whether the target is regular whipping boys like the Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein (“a young liberal with a lust for properly punctuated policy memos”) or the capitalist vampire squid itself.
But in person he’s more straightforwardly earnest and quick to emphasize that the magazine he founded in his dorm room has evolved into a collective endeavor. Jacobin’s success, he said, springs from the highly cohesive politics of the four co-editors he has recruited and their shared commitment to advancing a critique of liberalism that is free of obscurantist academic theory or “cheap hooks.”
Not that Mr. Sunkara, who is also the magazine’s publisher, dismisses the value of pop-culture come-ons (the new issue includes a radical analysis of the Onion’s online reality-television satire “Sex House”) or good visuals. The sleek design by Remeike Forbes, an M.F.A. student from the Rhode Island School of Design who e-mailed Mr. Sunkara out of the blue in 2011 offering to design a Jacobin T-shirt, has been essential to getting people to take the magazine seriously, he said.
And when Seth Ackerman, a graduate student at Cornell University, turned in a scathing analysis of the Constitution’s inherent conservatism for the second issue, Mr. Sunkara knew it needed something to really pop.
“Seth had a title with nine words and a semicolon,” he recalled. “I crossed it out and wrote ‘Burn the Constitution.’ ”
That article, along with “Zombie Marx,” a critique of chapter-and-verse Marxist economics by Mike Beggs, a young lecturer in political economy at the University of Sydney who Mr. Sunkara met (like Mr. Ackerman) through the e-mail list of Doug Henwood’s Left Business Observer, got some pickup on blogs. But it was a packed Jacobin-organized panel on the Occupy movement, held in a downtown Manhattan bookstore three weeks after the protests began in Zuccotti Park in September 2011, that really put the magazine on the map, drawing attention from Politico and Glenn Beck.
“The purpose was to force people to actually talk about ideology, about which ideas Occupy would stand for, about whether there should be any ideology at all,” Mr. Ackerman said, adding that many people he sees mentioning Jacobin on social media come from “Occupy-ish” circles.
Meanwhile the magazine was also attracting attention from more established figures on the left, who saw it as raising fundamental questions that had been off the table since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Corey Robin, an associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College who became a contributing editor last winter, pointed in particular to articles by Mr. Ackerman and Peter Frase, another early Jacobin recruit, debating the possibility of a post-capitalist economy involving, among other things, drastically reduced working hours.
“So many people are not working or already getting wages subsidized by the state — maybe there’s something already at play that we haven’t paid enough attention to,” Mr. Robin said.
Mr. Sunkara, the son of middle-class Indian immigrants (Krishna District , AP) who was voted “most likely to succeed” in high school, traces his politics less to experience than to reading. In seventh grade a stray reference in an introduction to “Animal Farm” sent him to Trotsky’s own writings. By his freshman year of college he was editing a blog for Democratic Socialists of America and writing for Dissent.
His multitasking work ethic hardly shows signs of flagging. In addition to his position as a staff writer for the progressive monthly In These Times his 2013 projects include an essay collection for Metropolitan Books (edited with Sarah Leonard of Dissent), to appear in September; a series of Jacobin-branded books published by Verso; a $7,500 fund-raising drive; and, if he gets around to it, a podcast called “This American Strife” — ideally followed, he likes to say, by a lawsuit from Ira Glass.
Mr. Sunkara also plans to keep writing for Vice magazine, where he has compared outrage over rich professional athletes to outrage over “overpaid” public-sector employees, all of whom he sees as just trying to negotiate their fair share.
That time, Mr. Sunkara’s editor wrote the headline, the Vice-like “Jeremy Lin Is Not Greedy, You’re Just Stupid.” But when it comes to Jacobin’s goal of smuggling radical analysis out of the intellectual ghetto and into the mainstream Mr. Sunkara’s motto seems to be: by any means necessary.

It helps, he said, “that liberals think we are relatively sane.”

16-year-old student Prasanth Venigalla launches mobile ad network with better CPMs and higher CPC rates (than competing services)

We don’t get to write about new mobile ad network launches every day. What makes AdBogie interesting (when compared to similar services) is the fact that it’s launched by a 16-year-old high school student Prasanth Venigalla. An iOS developer himself, he didn’t like how existing mobile ad networks are working so he decided to create his own service and help other developers earn more cash from their apps.

AdBogie is touted to provide developers with better CPMs and higher CPC rates, especially for users in the US, Asia and Europe. Unlike competing services, this one offers REAL real-time reporting for both developers and advertisers, with the option to get the campaigns running immediately. Moreover, AdBogie is apparently the first service in the mobile ad industry to offer a pay on demand feature for developers.

The problem, however, is developing a sales force which would sell all those ads to advertisers. That’s something only the big boys can afford, though we do like to help smaller companies compete. To that end, we invite developers to check out AdBogie and let us know how they like it…

Monday, February 4, 2013

Padma Awardee Kammas (Updated)

Padma Awardee Kammas (Updated)
Padma Vibhushan:
1. Gottipati Brahmayya
2. Dr.Gogineni Ranganayakulu (N.G.Ranga)
3. Dr.Kotha Sachidananda Murthy
4. Dr.Tummala Madhava Rao
5. Dr.Myneni Hari Prasada Rao
6. Akkineni Nageswara Rao

Padma Bhushan:
1. Dr.Moturi Satyanarayana
2. Dr.Akkineni Nageswara Rao
3. Kongara Jaggayya
4. Adusumalli Radhakrishna
5. Dr.Ramanujam Varadaraja Perumal (Tamilnadu)
6. Kantipudi Padmanabhayya (IAS)
7. Ghattamaneni Sivarama Krishna
8. Dr.Patibandla Chandra Sekhara Rao
9. Dr.Daggubati RamaNaidu
10. Dr.Atluri Satyanarayana (USA)

Padma Shri:
1. Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao
2. Dr.Moturi Satyanarayana
3. Akkineni Nageswara Rao
4. Challagulla Narasimham (IAS)
5. Dr.Gadde Rama Koteswara Rao
6. Kalluri Subba Rao
7. Dr.Vadlamudi Venkata Rao
8. Katta Venkataswamy Naidu (Tamilnadu)
9. Dr.Valluri Sita Rama Rao
10. Dr.Nuthakki Bhanu Prasad
11. Dr.Yalavarthy Nayudamma
12. Dr.Govindappa Venkataswamy (Tamilnadu)
13. Dr.Kadiyala Ramachandra Rao
14. Dr.Narla Tata Rao
15. Dr.Sruyadevara Ramachandra Rao (IAS)
16. Dr.Gopalaswamy Govindarajan (Tamilnadu)
17. Dr.Immaneni Sathyamurthy (Tamilnadu)
18. Dr.Kakarla Subba Rao
19. Dr.Idpuganti Venkata Subba Rao
20. Dr.Kota Hari Narayana
21. Dr.Gullapalli Nageswara Rao
22. Dr.Atluri Srimannarayana
23. Dr.Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad
24. Pullela Gopichand
25. Dr.G.Bhaktavatsalam (Tamilnadu)
26. Dr.Namperumal Perumalswamy (Tamilnadu)
27. Koneru Humpy
28. Manchu Mohan Babu
29. Kakarla Narayan Karthikeyan (Tamilnadu)
30. T.N.Manoharan (Tamilnadu)
31. Dr.Koneru Ramakrishna Rao
32. Dr.Gutta Muniratnam
33. Dr.Katragadda Paddayya (Archaeologist from Pune)
34. Sridevi (Actress)
35. Rajshree Pathy (Tamilnadu)