Saturday, April 27, 2013

Upper Saddle River's Suhita Kodali honored at surprise ceremony

When Upper Saddle River eighth-grader Sri Sai Suhita Kodali walked into Cavallini Middle School on March 8, she didn’t imagine school officials and her parents would surprise her a few hours later with a trophy and certificate naming her the New Jersey first place winner and sixth place national winner in an essay writing contest that encourages financial literacy.

The annual writing contest, InvestWrite, is through the SIFMA Foundation, a non-profit working with students nationwide to learn about finances, business and the economy.
Kodali and other students in teacher Linda Vandenbree’s class have been involved with the foundation’s Stock Market Game, which is an online simulation of the global capital markets, and encourages students to look at personal finance and investing.

"InvestWrite and the Stock Market Game program require students like SriSaiSuhita to monitor daily global market activity, business trends, and economic factors that drive investments to determine the growth potential of industries, companies, asset classes and specific stocks, bonds, and mutual funds," said Melanie Mortimer, executive director of the SIFMA Foundation, in a press release. "They are asked to make sophisticated, thoughtful recommendations that reflect what is expected of college and career-ready students."

Kodali was chosen as the winner based on teachers and industry professionals acting as judges who analyzed asset allocation, investment potential of publicly traded stocks and the students’ overall understanding of the stock market and how the idea is presented.

There was a special presentation on March 8 headed by Nancy Kahn, development and event director for the SIFMA Foundation, announcing Kodali as the winner of the middle school division of the Fall 2012 competition, adding that she is among 20,000 students each year to take the challenge.

For the contest, students were asked to take on the role of a business reporter and announce a news-breaking event and how it would affect a company’s bond or stock.

Kodali, taking on the role of a Wall Street Journal reporter, wrote on the anticipated success of Immersion Corporation releasing its Haptics technology patent to several smartphone manufacturers. Kodali said that as companies can purchase the rights to the technology, "Immersion’s revenue would grow, eventually helping the company and its value," she wrote in her essay.

Principal James McCusker said this "speaks to the language arts program district-wide and the efforts of [Linda Vandenbree] to get students to invest and write."
Kodali’s parents said the event was a surprise to them as well, but they are thrilled their daughter was recognized. Her father, Madhu Kodali, said his daughter is interested in finance and is also the editor of the school newspaper.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Most Prominent Indian Face In Google: Lalitesh Katragadda


Position: Heads Google's research for emerging markets, which includes India
Lalitesh Katragadda is the man behind Google Map Maker and Google Transliteration. He builds tools that help groups of people compile information to build something greater than the sum of its parts and Google Maps is the best example for it. He says that he ensures barriers such as language do not prevent the millions of new users from getting online and making the most of what companies like Google have to offer, and Google Transliteration fit the bill perfectly.


Katragadda said that the challenge before Google is to make the next 3 billion people go online in the next decade. "In India, we have a target of getting the next 200 million users go online from the current 100-120 million. India will be able to easily achieve 150 million users but to reach about 300-500 million users is a big task," he said.
He has BTech Aero, from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; MS, Aerospace from Lowa State University, U.S.; MS, Design Division from Stanford University, U.S.; and MS, PhD, SCS, Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Kony mulls IPO

US and UK-based company Kony Solutions, which sells annual subscriptions to enterprise customers for an app development platform service, has entered into discussions with banks, including JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, about launching an IPO this year or in 2014, CEO Raj Koneru told. The company has yet to decide how much stock to sell or how much money to raise.
 
Koneru said that Kony has still not made a profit but expects its revenue to around double to USD 80-USD 100 million this year. The company has raised around USD 35 million from Insight Venture Partners and Georgian Partners and could use IPO proceeds for R&D and software improvements.

Founded in 2007, Kony claims to have over 70 Fortune 500 companies as clients which have developed apps for consumer and business functions, including mobile banking remote deposit, mobile travel reservations and mobile insurance claims processing. Its platform supports all mobile devices, kiosks and desktops, all major operating systems and multiple deployment modes.

List of Kammas contensting in Karnataka Assembly Elections

Kamma candidates contesting for Karnataka Assembly Elections:

1) Muniratna Naidu from Rajarajeswari - Bangalore (Cong)
2) G.H.Thippareddy (Sitting MLC) from Chitradurga (BJP)
3) Kolla SeshagiriRao from Sindhanur (BJP)
4) Nekkanti Nagaraju from Koppal (BSR Congress)
5) Konanki Ramappa from Bellary (IND)

Muniratna Naidu and G.H.Thippareddy are hope to win elections. The remaining candidates are facing tough competition.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Former Karnataka governor, India's lone woman CEC Vadlapatla Ramadevi dies


Former Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh Governor V S Ramadevi, the only woman to head the Election Commission, died here on Wednesday following cardiac arrest, family sources said.
79 year-old Ramadevi was not suffering from any ailment and was leading an active life despite her old age, the sources said.

"In fact, she had lunch and spoke to some relatives over the phone before she suffered a massive cardiac arrest", they said.

Born on March 15, 1934, Ms Ramadevi was the Chief Election Commissioner of India from November 26, 1990 to December 11, 1990. She was the only woman to hold the post. She was succeeded by TN Sheshan.

She had served as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh from July 26, 1997 to December 1, 1999 and as the Governor of Karnataka from December 2, 1999 to May 20, 2002.
State mourning
The State has declared a three day mourning from April 17 to April 19. The National flag will fly at half mast atop all government buildings.
She is survived by her son V S Rakesh, daughters V S Rekha, V S Radhika Choudhary and four sisters.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Microsoft executive Satya Nadella receives the UWM Chancellor’s Innovator Award

Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft Corporation’s Server and Tools Business (STB) and an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), will be presented the UWM Chancellor’s Innovator Awarded at a luncheon ceremony at the University Club on Tuesday, April 9.

Nadella (’90 MS computer science) is the second recipient of the award, which recognizes UWM alumni whose careers have redefined the word “innovation” in ways that acknowledge the wide possibilities that exist when knowledge, creativity and imagination converge.

Later, at 2 p.m., Nadella gave the Distinguished Lecture at the UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science. The talk, “Era of the Cloud OS,” will be on campus in room East 250 of the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (EMS) building, 3200 N. Cramer St. The talk will focus on the world of cloud services and new application patterns that are driving the need for a “Cloud OS.” Nadella will discuss the trends and new ideas that are changing the way applications are developed, and what will be needed to succeed in this new era.

Nadella oversees a $19 billion division that builds and runs the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services. His team delivers the Cloud OS – Microsoft’s next-generation back-end platform that spans private, public and service cloud providers and is capable of running at global, multi-datacenter scale. Today, businesses everywhere depend on the products that make up the Cloud OS to meet their most challenging and critical computing needs, including Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center and Windows Azure.

Prior to STB, Nadella was senior vice president of R&D for Microsoft’s Online Services Division, which includes the Search (Bing), Portal (MSN) and Advertising platforms. In that role, he was responsible for the technical vision and engineering behind some of the largest cloud infrastructure on the planet, serving hundreds of millions of customers each day as well as providing advertisers with a scalable search-and-display platform for connecting with their customers.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 1992, he was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems Inc. A native of Hyderabad, India, Nadella also has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Ram Kolli wins 16th annual USA Memory Championship


Last weekend in New York City, Ram Kolli defeated the reigning USA Memory Championship Nelson Dellis to win the 16th annual USA Memory Championship. Readers of my book Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything will remember Kolli as the "mental athlete" I went toe-to-toe with when I won that same contest in 2006.

Here's the thing: Despite being U.S. memory champions, Kolli, Dellis, and I occasionally misplace our car keys, just like everyone else. We don't actually have great memories. Rather, we know how to use the memories we've got more effectively in certain contexts, thanks to a set of mnemonic techniques invented in antiquity.

One of those techniques, known as the memory palace, was supposedly invented by a Greek poet 2,500 years ago. It involves converting information into wild, wacky and strange (and therefore memorable) images, and then visualizing those images in your mind's eye, inside of a building you know well. Cicero used the memory palace to memorize the speeches he delivered on the floor of the Roman senate. Medieval scholars used the technique to memorize entire books.
 
Last weekend, Dellis, the championship runner-up, employed memory palaces to memorize 302 random numbers in just five minutes, and the order of a shuffled pack of playing in one minute and seven seconds. He used a related technique to memorize 162 first and last names of total strangers.
It's nice (and occasionally handy) to be able to memorize lists of information, and numbers, and people's names, but it's important to remember that memory athletes are just using tricks to perform these feats. They're tricks that take advantage of some very basic principles of how our minds work.

The most important of those principles is that we remember when we pay attention. We remember when we engage deeply, when information is made meaningful, when it's colorful, when we're able to integrate it into the web of all the other things we know. Memory techniques, like the memory palace, may sound like miraculous shortcuts. But in fact they work precisely because they make you work. They take effort. They force a kind of depth of processing and a kind of mindfulness that many of us don't normally walk around exercising. But that's what it takes to remember -- and to live a memorable life.

For example, if you want to remember someone's name, the first and most important thing you can do is pay attention -- real attention -- when a person introduces herself. Most of the time, we forget a person's names because we never properly encode it in our memories. Our minds are elsewhere, or we're too busy thinking of the first clever thing we're going to say back.

To make a name memorable, try creating a visual association in your imagination between the person's name and face. If it's a woman named Abby, imagine a bee stinging her eye. If it's a guy called Bill, imagine him with a duckbill for a mouth. If it's someone named Barbara, picture a crown of barbed wire around her head. Create these images in your mind's eye with as much color, action, and meaning as possible. For example, don't just picture a bee stinging Abby's eye. Hear the bee buzzing, imagine her eye swelling, and try to feel how painful it would be. The more senses you can use, the better.

That simple exercise creates a set of links between your memory of the person's face and name. The technique works because it forces you to engage more deeply with the person's name than you're used to. The more you think about something--the more you can engage in what psychologists refer to as "elaborative encoding" -- the more memorable a piece of information is likely to be.

If attention and engagement are the secret to remembering, then that raises an interesting question. How much of our lives -- our already short lives -- are we comfortable losing because we're buried in our smartphones, or not paying attention to the human being across from us, or because we're simply too lazy to try to engage deeply with the world around us? The feats of memory champions prove that there are incredible memory capacities latent in all of us, but if you are going to live a memorable life, it takes effort. You have to constantly force yourself to pay attention, to make information meaningful, to engage deeply. You have to be the kind of person who remembers to remember.

Kammavar Naidu Association first meet in Singapore


Kammavar Naidu Association KNA Video


Kammavar Naidu Association Kovai meet


Challa Kodandaram has appointed as AP High Court Judge

The President has appointed five new judges to the AP High Court. The High Court has received the warrant of appointments from the Government of India, appointing Challa Kodandaram and 4 others.

Acting Chief Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana will administer the oath to the new judges on Friday noon at the High Court. Challa Kodandaram, son of former minister Challa Subbarayudu and nephew of former Chief Justice of AP High Court Challa Kondaiah obtained his law degree from Andhra University in 1983 and enrolled as an advocate with the AP Bar Council in 1988.

Kodandaram is a specialist in Corporate and Electricity Laws, and an expert in Constitutional Remedies, Direct and Indirect Taxation, Arbitration and Conciliation. He was born Anantapur district.