Saturday, May 30, 2015

S Aarthy topper in Tamilnadu SSLC Exams 2015

Tamil Nadu DGE Directorate of Government Examinations Board announced the SSLC 10th Class Annual Public Exam Results March/April 2015 21st May 2015.

S.Aarthy from Rosemary Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli with her score of 499 out of 500, have secured the State first rank. While Ms. Aarthy had lost just one mark in English. Aarthy is the daughter of doctor couple. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

List of Kamma Ministers in Tamilnadu Assembly

T.K.M. Chinnayya (MLA - Tambaran)
Minister for Animal Husbandry

B.V. Ramana (MLA - Tiruvallur)
Minister for Milk and Dairy Development

R.Manoharan (MLA - Tiruchirappalli (East))
Chief  Whip (TN Government) 

Kamma boy and girl tops Telangana EAMCET 2015

Kamma boy Moparthi Sai Sandeep got 1st rank (157/160) in Telangana EAMCET - Engineering stream and Kamma girl Uppalapati Priyanka got 1st rank (160/160) in EAMCET - Medicine stream.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Shriya Yarlagadda, first runner up National Geographic Bee - US 2015

WASHINGTON D.C: Shriya Yarlagadda a 11-year-old Indian-American student , stood second in the prestigious National Geographic Bee competition in the US, in which the top three positions were bagged by Indian-origin contestants.

The first-runner up and recipient of a USD 25,000 college scholarship was 11-year-old Shriya Yarlagadda of Michigan. Yarlagadda missed just the first question: "Mariupol, a city located at the mouth of the Kalmius River, is located on what sea that is an arm of the Black Sea?" The correct answer was Sea of Azov.

The championship round from the Washington Plaza Hotel will air on the National Geographic Channel at 7 PM. CDT on Friday and again on Nat Geo WILD at 6 PM. CDT on May 20.

The 54 finalists represented the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Atlantic Territories, Pacific Territories and Department of Defence dependants schools. Nearly 4 million youngsters began the effort to reach the national competition.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ప్రవాస ముఖ్యమంత్రి.

ఆంధ్ర రాష్ట్రానికి ముఖ్యమంత్రి చంద్రబాబు నాయుడు సంవత్సర కాలంగా ప్రవాస ముఖ్యమంత్రి వలెనె పరిపాలన సాగిస్తున్నారు. కొత్త రాష్ట్రం ఏర్పడిన కొత్తలో ముఖ్యమంత్రి, అధికారులు తాత్కాలికంగానైనా విజయవాడ లేదా గుంటూరు నుండే పరిపాలన సాగిస్తామని, భవంతులు లభ్యం కాని పక్షంలో చెట్ల క్రింది నుండైనా పరిపాలన సాగిస్తామని చెప్పారు. కాని వాస్తవంలో ఈ సంవత్సర కాలంలో కొత్త రాష్ట్రంలో కనీసం ముఖ్యమంత్రి క్యాంపు ఆఫీసు కాని, కనీసం తాత్కాలిక సచివాలయం కూడా ఏర్పాటు కాలేదు.

ప్రస్తుతం జూబ్లీహిల్స్‌లోని రోడ్ నెంబర్ 65లో ఉన్న చంద్రబాబు నాయుడి ఇంటి  స్థానంలో విశాలమైన కొత్త భవనం నిర్మించనున్నారు. ఆ కొత్త భవనం నిర్మాణం పూర్తయ్యే వరకు చంద్రబాబు కుటుంబ సభ్యులు జూబ్లీహిల్స్‌ రోడ్డు నెంబర్ 24లో గల అద్దె ఇంట్లో ఉంటారు. దీన్ని బట్టి చూస్తే మనకు ఆంధ్ర రాష్ట్ర ముఖ్యమంత్రి చంద్రబాబు నాయుడుకు హైదరాబాద్ వదిలి కొత్త రాష్ట్రానికి వచ్చే ఉద్దేశం లేదని అర్ధం అవుతుంది. కొత్త రాష్ట్ర రాజధానిలో కనీసం క్యాంపు ఆఫీసు కాని, తాత్కాలిక సచివాలయం కాని, సొంత ఇల్లు కాని నిర్మించుకోకుండా హైదరాబాద్ ఇంటినే విశాలంగా నిర్మించుకోవటం చూస్తే, వీలైనంత కాలం ఈయన ప్రవాస ముఖ్యమంత్రి లానే పరిపాలన కొనసాగించాలని చూస్తున్నారని అర్ధం అవుతుంది. మిగిలిన మంత్రులు, ప్రభుత్వ అధికారులు ముఖ్యమంత్రి చూపిన బాటలోనే నడుస్తూ ప్రవాస ప్రభుత్వం నడుపుతున్నారు.

ఈ ముఖ్యమంత్రి రాజధాని నిర్మాణం పై కాని, ప్రభుత్వ పాలనపై కాని ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్ ప్రజలకు విశ్వాసం కలిగించలేక పోతున్నాడు. మీ "మాటలు కోటలు దాటుతున్నాయి కాని చేతలు గడప కూడా దాటటం లేదు" గౌరవనీయులైన ముఖ్యమంత్రి గారూ!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Vellanki Siva Kumar appointed JNTUK Vice Chancellor

Vellanki Samba Siva Kumar, Head of the Civil Engineering Department of the Osmania University, Hyderabad, has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada (JNTUK). He was assume the office on April 15.

A native of Bhatla Penumarru village in Krishna district, Mr. Samba Siva Kumar completed his graduation from Osmania University, M.Tech. and Phd from IIT, Delhi. He started his career as a lecturer in the Civil Engineering Department in Osmania University .

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Indian Sports Talent #1 – Pranjala Yadlapalli – Wimbledon Calling !

The road ahead in international tennis looks promising for 16-year old Pranjala Yadlapalli. The Guntur-native has been included in the ITF (International Tennis Federation) team for junior tournaments in Europe. This will also include the French Open and Wimbledon.

Continued success for Pranjala
Coached by Ilyas Ghouse and sponsored by the GVK Foundation, Pranjala Yadlapalli recently reached her highest ranking in the junior’s circuit of 22. This was soon after she won the singles and doubles titles at the Asian Junior Tennis Championship in New Delhi. It has however emerged that her inclusion in the ITF juniors’ team had already been decided even before she had won the dual titles in New Delhi.

Currently ranked at #23, Pranjala Yadlapalli is the only Indian player in the selected ITF squad for a training cum tournament schedule starting from May.

Based on the schedule of tournaments, Yadlapalli will play a couple of Grade-I events in Italy, following training in Europe between the 25th and 30th May. This will be followed by her participation in the French Open Juniors starting from the 31st of May.

Following Roland Garros, the teenager will head back home for a short while, before commencing training from the 22nd of June. This training camp will be followed by a Grade-I tournament at Roehampton, followed by the Wimbledon Juniors, scheduled to start from the 4th of July.

Strong future prospects
Yadlapalli’s selection is a matter of great pride for Indian tennis. It is also of utmost significance for women’s tennis in India, which still continues to be under-represented despite the successes of Sania Mirza at the highest level.

At present, Yadlapalli is also the only third highest ranking Asian junior’s player, after the junior’s no.1, Shilin Xu and no. 21, Wushuang Zheng, both of whom are from China. Pranjala Yadlappali looks  promising and it will be interesting to watch her progress in the junior circuit this year.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The house on the hill - Naidu Mansion

Sigatoka - Fiji: ITS pointed roofs, multiple stories and crossed veranda windows command a prolonged glance from passers-by. And 20 years after its construction near the entry to Valley Rd, the picturesque abode continues to be a local landmark, and a symbol of the wealth garnered from the fertile plains of the famous Salad Bowl.

IN this scenic little community of rugby enthusiasts and tourists, the Naidu Mansion is "that building,", the famous structure that represents its town in postcard photographs and tourist brochures.

Even with the close proximity of the imposingly, neighboring Hare Krishna temple, the house still holds its own candle for admirers.

As occupant Hinal Naidu explained, this was a family home that once housed the families of three brothers, following the success of their parents' business operations.

"Our generation in Fiji began when the girmits were brought here," she said.

"My father's grandparents were Rangaiya and Narsamma Naidu, who were from Andhra Pradesh the south of India."

Hinal's father is renowned businessman Bala Naidu, who was one of Latchmaiya Naidu and Armogam's eight children, migrants to the Western Division from the garden island.

Early Years

More commonly-known as BL Naidu, Latchmaiya moved to Sigatoka about 70 years ago from Taveuni, and today his family continue to reside and operate business here.

"My dad's parents were married in Taveuni and shifted to the Sigatoka valley," Hinal explained of her grandparents' initial venture to the Coral Coast.

At the time, rail transport was still used as a commute for passengers, and not just cane.

The old Sigatoka Bridge, which now ends in a mangled wreck midway to the other side of the river from town, was earlier built by the Colonial Sugar Refinery in 1913.

The endless rail network that stretched towards Lautoka was later also used as a mode of transport between Sigatoka and Ba.

An increasingly growing population around the mainly CSR community established at Cuvu and Lawaqa led to Sigatoka finally being incepted as a township in 1936, with Latchmaiya and Armogam arriving barely ten years later.

"They arrived in Sigatoka and then began their own farm of vegetables, root crops, potatoes and livestock.

"They farmed large quantities of vegetables and root crops and distributed these locally to the Central and Western divisions.

"Soon after, they opened a small shop at their residence along Valley Rd."

BL Naidu & Sons Ltd

It wasn't long before Latchmaiya began to import potatoes, onions and garlic from overseas, to also distribute around the country.

At the time, such commodities weren't easily available on local grocery shelves and being business savvy, he cleverly capitalised on this void.

"This is how he gradually developed his own path to success, and his wife and eight children were his source of support," Hinal added.

Latchmaiya had three daughters and five sons, with Hinal's father being the sixth in this line of children and the fourth son.

"They shifted to Sigatoka Town in the year 1972 and opened a supermarket named, B.L Naidu and Sons Ltd and/Naidu's Supermarket near the town end."

Hinal's father, Bala Naidu continues to operate B.L Naidu and Sons Ltd, importing and exporting various products.

The family resided at an apartment located above the supermarket.

Latchmaiya's three daughters were all eventually married and in 1990, he passed away.

"Three of his sons shifted to town, where they built their new home and in 1997, Armogam and her sons, along with their wives and children, shifted to the new house."

It was an ambitious fete that has provided a lasting legacy of their family's imprints.

Set against the lush hills atop the town's central business district, the house — which took several years to build — certainly stands apart for the unusual architecture it boasts within the township.

To its left, the glistening river snakes its way towards the beautiful coast line, with the bountiful plantations of the valley farmland beyond.

And as many below could certainly imagine, a panoramic view to match the prestige.

Parting Ways

"In 2002 Armogam passed away and in later years, the brothers decided to part ways."

Several migrated oversees, though BL Naidu remained in Sigatoka, where he has found his forte as one of its most successful businessmen.

Hinal added that in 2004, the house and company were handed over to her father, who has continually made strides to expand the company brand.

She noted her father has carried on operations by continuing business with many other established companies and wholesale throughout Viti Levu.

Hinal is the eldest of his four children and is herself involved in the family business as a support service for BL Naidu and Sons Ltd at Solevu, Sigatoka.

"He feels privileged to be running his father's name on his own and hopes for the best in future."

And as she noted, aspirations to see their town grow further also continue.

"My father is currently focused on using his Sigatoka Town property — which stretches from Meenoo's to Courts, MH Supermarket and Prouds — for a mall in the near future that would create more employment in Sigatoka and boost the economy."

Certainly, the shared passion for seeing the town prosper was propelled by their early settlement in the area.

Bala Naidu's parents had moved across to Viti Levu and began a new life in Sigatoka, where they also started their family.

"B.L Naidu's children and his grandchildren have been living in Sigatoka since birth and thus, these two respective generations have been here for years now," Hinal said.

Bala Naidu's older brother, Surya Narayan owns a commercial building that is rented out in the thriving CBD, and a younger brother runs a supermarket in Christchurch, New Zealand, while other siblings have forayed into their own businesses in Australia, the US and other parts of the world.

Communal Pride

Aside from his own properties in Sigatoka Town, Bala Naidu's investments have expanded to Suva and Lautoka, though his pride is shared with the achievements of other notable business houses.

"The family is also proud of achievements such as the department and handicraft stores that other companies such as Tappoo and Jack's have created and which attract tourists.

"These also include companies such as Sigatoka River Safari, which have pulled in many visitors to Sigatoka. We are proud of such achievements because they promote economic growth."

Being one of the town's oldest families, and from the bird's-eye view of their palatial home on the hill, the family has witnessed the town's development through thick and thin.

These have included natural disasters, public celebrations and events that have shaped the growing CBD along the riverbank below.

"Overall there have been many changes in the town's landscape in these years. Some of the noticeable changes have been the construction of the Melrose Bridge, Lawaqa Park, the road heading from Sigatoka Town to Valley Rd, the municipal market and not forgetting the development of business buildings."

According to the Sigatoka Town Council, Sigatoka consists of 127 hectares on both sides of the river bank, with the potential to grow, and remains the key urban base for the people of Nadroga and Navosa.

And with its surrounding tourism properties, sand dunes and national wildlife park, the town is strewn with history and perseveration that only add to its charm.

"For our family, these changes indicate a healthy and growing Sigatoka Town and that inspires our company to do more investments here.

"We feel that it would be a privilege to get more opportunities to invest in the growth of our hometown," Hinal added.

Achanta Sharath Kamal Reaches Career-Best No.32 in Table Tennis Rankings

Sharath Kamal reached the third round of the World Championships but was forced to withdraw because of a hip injury. He was to play Chinese Fang Bo and had beaten higher ranked Simon Gauzy of France in the second round.

New Delhi: India's Achanta Sharath Kamal jumped 12 places to reach his career-best ranking of 32 on Tuesday, according to the latest list released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Sharath reached the third round of the World Championships but was forced to withdraw because of a hip injury. He was to play Chinese Fang Bo and had beaten higher ranked Simon Gauzy of France in the second round.

The veteran has been in good form this season and had beaten two top-20 players at the Asian Championships in Jaipur. He gained 56 points last month to finish with 2,296. His previous best ranking was 38 which he achieved in May 2014.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hollywood director Bharat Nalluri's 'Spooks: The Greater Good' releasing on May 8

'Spooks: The Greater Good' (102 mins) : Director Bharat Nalluri, UK, 

Spooks the movie? It's going to be DYNAMITE. Big budget, big stars, the film version of the TV hit is about to explode into cinemas...

From James Bond to George Smiley, back-stabbing British spies have opened a rich commercial seam for film-makers as they photogenically ply their end-of-Empire tradecraft in the shadows. Fox’s very modern TV show 24 sprung from this vein, and was enthusiastically co-opted and beamed back to the UK by the BBC in Spooks, a BAFTA-winning TV show which ran for 10 series (from 2002 to 2011).

Set in a goldfish bowl office in Thames House called “The Grid” where paranoid agents double-crossed each other with reckless abandon on a weekly basis, Spooks took an average 6m viewers in the UK and was syndicated to more than 25 countries (although it never quite stuck in the US). Irresistible figures for a big-screen outing, it seems, and the TV series original director Bharat Nalluri has added a marquis name to the bill with Kit Harington (Game of Thrones).

Spooks: The Greater Good adds little to the pantheon of films made from British TV series, however, from The Avengers to 2012’s remake of The Sweeney, which took $7m at home. Sold by Altitude, it never quite makes a grand case for its big-screen transfer, although this is a glossy affair with nice production values and, as with Testament of Youth, Harington is far more fluid and watchable than Game of Thrones or Pompeii might suggest. Going out in the UK on May 8, it may prove a stop-gap for those who can’t wait for Bond’s Spectre in November; certainly, its London sets and set-pieces are impressively staged.

The TV series Spooks came into its own in the febrile wake of the 2005 London bombings, and the film has a similar focus on foreign terrorists intent on doing damage to Britain’s institutions, which are also being undermined by duplicity within.  Spooks: The Greater Good presents a compromised secret service which is under threat of being handed over to American intelligence overlords. This rattles head of counter-terrorism Sir Harry Pearce (Peter Firth, star of the TV show) on a far deeper level than the bland beardy terrorist of Middle Eastern origin Qasim (Elyes Gabel) who wants to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

When Qasim is sprung from custody during a bungled handover, MI5 chief Dame Geraldine Maltby (Jennifer Ehle) calls in the services of loose-canon decommissioned agent Will Holloway (Harington) to find the terrorist and Sir Harry, who has faked his own suicide and is mounting a renegade operation.

Tarun Cherukuri selected for 2015 HKS Emerging Global Leader Award

Tarun Cherukuri have been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Harward Kenndedy School Emerging Global Leader Award

This award, formerly known as the Rising Star Award, recognizes an alumnus/a who has stood out as a leader or catalyst for change or as a person making a meaningful difference to individuals, organizations, or governments. Recipients exemplify the HKS mission “to educate enlightened public leaders and generate answers to our most challenging public problems” at all levels and across all sectors. After examining the materials for all nominees, the committee determined that you are especially deserving of this recognition.

The award will be presented in a ceremony at the Forum on the morning of May 16th, 2015, as part of Reunion Weekend. 

TARUN CHERUKURI A proud alumnus of BITS Pilani and IIM Bangalore, Tarun Cherukuri gave up his high paying job at Hindustan Lever to dedicate himself to the education of underprivileged children. After spending 2 years as a Teach for India fellow in Pune, Tarun was awarded the coveted Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his Masters at Harvard Kennedy School, Massachusetts, USA. Currently the City Director (New Delhi) for Teach for India, Cherukuri co-founded INDUS ACTION which seeks to mobilize public resources & empower communities to solve India’s deep rooted problems. INDUS ACTION’s premier project- Eklavya is an initiative to ensure that all children of India – irrespective of their caste, economic status, gender or religion – receive excellent education. 

He is inspired by children and their potential to change the world and drives his efforts motivated with the possibility of an excellent education for all children one day.