Thursday, January 28, 2016

IIFA Awards - 2016 Telugu Cinema Winners List..

Mahesh Babu Srimanthudu has managed to beat Prabhas Bahubali, in the Telugu category. Srimanthudu bagged six awards and Baahubali managed five

Best Movie – Shobu Yarlagadda / Arka Media (Baahubali-The Beginning)

Best Director – Koduri S S Rajamouli (Baahubali-The Beginning)

Best Actor Male– Gattamaneni Mahesh Babu (Srimanthudu)

Best Supporting Role Male – Veeramachaneni Jagapathi Babu (Srimanthudu)

Best Villain (Negative Role) – Rana Daggubati (Baahubali-The Beginning)

Vizag alloy wheels unit invests $140 million in Bahrain

Vizag based entrepreneur Shekhar Movva belonging to Synergies Castings Ltd (SCL) will invest $140 million in a world-class aluminium alloy wheels firm in Bahrain.

The SCL will invest the amount in two phases with the majority being held by Synergies. The joint venture with the Sovereign Wealth Fund ‘Mumtalakat,’ an investment arm of Kingdom of Bahrain, was signed in December last. The world-class plant with a capacity of 2.2 million wheels or equivalent of 30,000 tonne per year will be located within the precincts of ALBA.

It will deploy state-of-art technology and service the global OEM market with particular emphasis on the US and Europe, Mr. Shekhar, president of the SCL, told, adding that their first overseas unit would be operational in 24 months.

SCL is the leading manufacturer of aluminium alloy wheels in India with its production unit located in the Visakhapatnam Export Procession Zone (now named VSEZ),Duvvada . The unit started in 1996 with an investment of Rs.106 crore produces 0.8 million units of which 75 per cent is sent to the US and the Europe.

Mr. Shekhar said they specialise in producing extremely high precision, quality and high-end alloy wheel for various global vehicle manufacturers including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Tata Motors, Toyota, Fiat, Nissan, Volkswagen, Honda, Audi and Mahindra & Mahindra.

On the reasons for investment in Bahrain, he said it was because of business environment and the focus to encourage the kingdom to become manufacturing hub with growing aluminium downstream sector in the region.

List of Padma Awardee Kammas 2016 (7)

List of Padma Awardee Kammas - 2016

Padma Vivhushan
1. Cherukuri Ramoji Rao (Literature and Journalism)

Padma Bhushan
2. Dr.Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad (Literature and Education)
3. Dr.Alla VenkataRamaRao (Science and Engineering)

4. Dr.Mannam Gopichand (Medicine) 
5. Dr. Yarlagadda Nayudamma (Medicine)
6. Dr. Alla Gopalakrishna Gokhale (Medicine)
7. Srisaila Sri Rajamouli - Art (Film Direction and Production)

Chennupati Jagadish awarded Australia’s highest civilian honour

Australia has awarded its highest civilian honour, the Companion of the Order or Australia (AC) to India-origin scientist and professor Chennupati Jagadish.

Professor Jagadish is currently the head of the Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group at the Australian National University. He was given the award in recognition for his service to physics and engineering.

“I am humbled, honoured and grateful for this honour. This is a wonderful recognition for 25+ years of work my research group at the Australian National University (ANU) in the field of semiconductor optoelectronics and nanotechnology,” said Professor Jagadish upon receiving the award.

“I am grateful to India providing me education and nurturing me from childhood to adulthood, and grateful to Australia for providing opportunities to contributes to science, in particular nanotechnology, and provide leadership to Australian and global science,” he added.

According to a report in the Guardian, Professor Jagadish’s projects include a new class of lasers that can help in telecommunications and “new lightweight solar cells with increased efficiency”. The report also notes how he’s been working on what he calls ‘brains on a chip’ or “artificial, trainable neurons.”

He thanked ANU, as well for providing him with opportunities for research for the last 25 years.
Professor Jagadish, who was born in Thotla valluru - Krishna District, AP, recounted his own humble beginnings of how he studied in front of a kerosene lamp till grade 7. He later went on to live with his high school maths and science teacher in order to complete his education.

“Without the help and support of my two high school teachers, I won’t be here today. I am humbled to receive highest civilian honour from the Government House,” he said.

Professor Jagadish and his wife also set-up an endowment fund in December 2015 to help support students and researchers from developing countries to visit ANU’s Physics and engineering department.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Shreya Vemuri among 14 Indian American students - 2016 Intel Science Talent Search finalists

A total of 14 Indian American students have made it to the finals of the prestigious 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, which annually brings the country’s top 40 brightest high school seniors for a competition with a prize tag of $150,000, in Washington, DC.

Of the 14 Indian Americans who would be coming in March for the prestigious science competition, five are from California: Sanath Devalapurkar, Anjini Karthik, Anin Sayana, Pranav Srinivas and Maya Varma.

Two others are from Massachusetts: Yashaswini Makaram and Amol Punjabi.

The other Indian American students who made the cut are: Vikul Gupta from Orlando, Maana Jagadeesan from New Hampshire, Milind Jagota from Pennsylvania, Shreya Menon from Michigan, Kavya Ravichandran from Ohio, Kunal Shroff from Virginia and Sreya Vemuri from Indiana.

“Finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search are the innovators of the future,” said Maya Ajmera, the president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public, publisher of Science News and alumna of the Science Talent Search, in a statement.

“Their research projects range from highly theoretical basic research to innovative practical applications aimed at solving the most vexing problems,” she said.

“But it’s not just their research that makes them stand out finalists are also selected based on their leadership capacity and initiative. We congratulate these talented students and look forward to learning more about their research and aspirations as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Science Talent Search this March,” Ajmera added.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CVR Group to set up 2,780 MW thermal project in Andhra

The company will be setting up three units of 660 MW each and one of 800 MW, with an estimated investment of Rs 16,680 crore, near the coastal region of Bay of Bengal in the state, a statement issued here stated.

CVR Group (Chinta VisveswaraRao Chairman)-led Krishnapatnam Power Corporation on Monday said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Andhra Pradesh government to build a 2,780 MW thermal power project entailing an investment of Rs 16,680 crore. 

Under the MoU, the company will be setting up three units of 660 MW each and one of 800 MW, with an estimated investment of Rs 16,680 crore, near the coastal region of Bay of Bengal in the state, a statement issued here stated. 

"The recent agreement has tremendously fortified our commitment and contribution towards the macro scheme of infrastructure mission of Andhra Pradesh which envisions the creation of world class infrastructure for excellent connectivity and augmenting power generation capacity," said Krishnapatnam Power Corporation Director Chinta Sasidhar. 

The ambitious project is expected to create direct and indirect employment opportunities for around 1,500 people. "With the commissioning of these projects, we expect the huge demand of the state to be dealt actively apart from creating immense job opportunities," he added. 

The CVR Group has ventured into power generation by developing an installed capacity of about 5,000 MW comprising thermal as well as hydroelectric power plants.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Michelle Obama invites Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to State of the Union

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be Michelle Obama's guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address.

President Obama will use his final State of the Union to advocate for long-term plans that extend well beyond his presidency, according to the White House.

One topic that Obama plans to discuss is ramping up STEM and computer science education, in an effort to place more Americans in high-paying technology jobs.

Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) has long pushed for more investment in technology education. Last year, Nadella announced that the company would spend $75 million on a new initiative to make computer science education more mainstream in American schools. Microsoft also supports, which helps people who want to become teachers.

Obama also plans on pushing for more parental leave, which Nadella also supports. Microsoft in August expanded its leave policy so that new mothers in the United States can take up to 20 weeks paid leave, and non-birth parents can take up to 12 weeks paid time off. That's eight more weeks paid leave for both parents than the company previously offered.

Other guests include homeless veterans advocate Cynthia Dias, opioid reform advocate Cary Dixon, Syrian refugee Refaai Hamo, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and Spencer Stone, the hero who thwarted a terror attack on a Paris-bound train.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

List of Kamma candidates contesting for GHMC on TDP and TRS

TDP Candidates:
Chaitanyapuri: Yalamanchili Venkata Gandhi
Vengalarap Nagar: Vemulapalli Pradeep
Sanathnagar: Kanuri Jayashree
KPHB Colony: Mandadi SrinivasaRao
Balanagar: Chilukuri Harichandu 
Qutbullapur: Boddu Kameswari
SubashNagar: Bobba Sujatha
Hydernagar: Vakalapudi RangarayaPrasad
Allwyn colony: Mnchikalapudi Bhanuprasad
AS Rao Nagar: Tatineni Samrajyam

Jubilee Hills: Chandra Madhu

TRS Candidates:
Jubilee Hills: Kaja Suryanarayana
Miyapur: Meka Ramesh
Vengalarao Nagar: Kilari Manohar
Somajiguda: Attaluri VijayaLakshmi

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Amara Raja Group to invest Rs.5000 cores in food processing

The Amara Raja Group (Ramachandra Naidu Galla - Chairman) and the Government of Andhra Pradesh recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for direct investment in Andhra Pradesh in the field of food processing besides electronics, energy storage, automobile components, IT & telecom components, and infrastructure and services. 

This was announced at the 22nd CII Partnership Summit and 1stSunrise Andhra Pradesh Investment held in Visakhapatnam. Under the terms of the MoU, ARG and AP govt have committed to an investment of approximately Rs 5,000 crore, expected to generate approximately 10,000 new jobs over a period of 2-3 years directly, and 20,000 jobs indirectly.

Signing the agreement, Dr Ramachandra Naidu Galla, chairman, Amara Raja Group, highlighted the importance of improving infrastructure and accelerating industrial development in Andhra Pradesh, and welcomed mutual cooperation for facilitating investments in Andhra Pradesh.

“This MoU provides us a great opportunity to help create the infrastructure for rapid industrialisation. With the cooperation of the GoAP, we are confident that we will be able to make the state an industrial hub and attract investment from both national and global players,” said the ARG chief. 

“This effort is a very important collaborative effort by industry and government which paves for all round industrial development and employment opportunities for the people of the state,” said Jayadev Galla, VC, Amara Raja Group, adding that the MoU will facilitate provision of necessary assistance by the AP govt for Amara Raja Group, and improve the investment environment. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Koneru Prasad's Trimex inks MoUs worth Rs 2,500 crore with Andhra Pradesh

VISAKHAPATNAM: Heavy minerals miner Trimex (Koneru Prasad - Chairman) has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with Andhra Pradesh to develop mining projects at Bhavanapadu and Kalingapatnam in the state. 

"The projects involve an estimated investment of Rs 2,500 crore and will generate 5,500 direct and indirect jobs," it said in a statement. 

Bhavanapadu beach sand heavy minerals project will be executed by Trimex Heavy Minerals Pvt Ltd (THMPL), while the Kalingapatnam project will operate under the aegis of Trimex Ores Pvt Ltd (TOPL), it added. 

The MoU was signed between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Trimex Group MD Pradeep Koneru at the first Sunrise AP Investment Meet being held here. 

Koneru said the state government has given in-principle approval for the grant of mining lease for beach sand minerals like Ilmenite, Rutile, zircon, garnet and sillimanite over an extent of 17.88 square kilometres. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Capgemini appoints Srinivas Kandula CEO for India

NEW DELHI: French IT services firm Capgemini has appointed Srinivas Kandula as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its India operations. 

Kandula played a key role in the acquisition of Patni by IGATE in 2011, and of IGATE by Capgemini in 2015. He has also spearheaded both integration processes. Capgemini had bought IGATE in a USD 4 billion cash deal. 

He replaces Aruna Jayanthi, who has moved to a global role in the Group. Kandula has also joined the Capgemini Group Executive Committee, the company said in a statement today. 

"Since the acquisition of IGATE, India has become even more strategic to our global business roadmap. Srini's rich and diverse experience across key business functions, notably at IGATE, will help Capgemini in India to play an enhanced role in the Group's future growth plans," Capgemini Group Chairman and CEO Paul Hermelin said. 

Kandula joined IGATE in 2007 where he was formerly EVP, Member of the Executive Council and Chief People Officer, responsible for driving IGATE's Business Strategy, HR, Quality Management and Marketing portfolios globally. 

"Capgemini in India currently has over 87,000 employees, which is nearly 50 percent of the Group, and caters to over 800 customers globally," Kandula said. 

Capgemini has 1.8 lakh people in over 40 countries. The Group reported revenues of 10.573 billion euros in 2014 globally. 

Kandula had joined IGATE in 2007 where he was formerly EVP, Member of the Executive Council and Chief People Officer, responsible for driving IGATE’s Business Strategy, Human Resources, Quality Management and Marketing portfolios globally.

He played a key role in the acquisition of Patni by IGATE in 2011 and of IGATE by Capgemini in 2015. He has also spearheaded both integration processes.

Kandula is a Doctoral Fellow from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He has published over 60 papers and 8 books on Management in international publications and in multiple languages.

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