Sunday, August 28, 2016

Saketh Myneni qualifies for US Open

Saketh Myneni took another significant step forward in his professional career by entering the main draw of the US Open. The 28-year-old Myneni, ranked 143 in the world, outplayed Pedja Krstin of Serbia 6-3, 6-0 in the third and final qualifying round. He did not drop a set in the three rounds of the qualifying event.

The main draw entry is worth a minimum of $43,313 to the Indian who considers the USA a second home, a place where he completed his college education and honed his tennis skills with professional support. “Glad that I got to do it at my home-away-from-home Grand Slam,” said Myneni. Injuries and fitness issues had troubled him during the French Open and Wimbledon earlier in the season.

“I am very happy with my progress and looking forward to the big challenges. It is a dream come true and I hope it is just the start of a new beginning,” said Myneni.

It has been an interesting season for Myneni. He had given a glimpse of things to follow by making the final of the Delhi Open Challenger when his all-round style, the deft touch in combination with his big game, shook many a quality player out of his comfort zone.

“It was something of a goal for me. The grind on the Tour for the last couple of years and the experience that revolves around it has made me better., Ramkumar Ramanathan lost 7-5, 6-1 in the first round to Alessandro Giannessi of Italy. He settled for $5,606.

The results: Qualifying event (third and final round): Saketh Myneni bt Pedja Krstin (Srb) 6-3, 6-0; Second round: Myneni bt Mitchell Krueger (USA) 7-6(6), 6-4.

First round: Myneni bt Albano Olivetti (Fra) 6-3, 7-5; Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-5, 6-1.

Rohan Chalasani Honored at White House with Environmental Award

Indian American teen Rohan Chalasani was honored with 62 other students and 18 teachers at the White House for their contributions to environmental education and stewardship, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

The 2015 winners and honorable mentions for the annual President's Environmental Youth Award and the 2015-2016 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators were honored for their work.

The PIAEE awards recognize innovative environmental educators who integrate environmental learning into their classrooms using hands-on, experiential approaches. The PEYA awards recognize outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth.

Chalasani, a junior at Fox Chapel High School in Pittsburgh, was an EPA Region 3 winner for his impact of energy consumption reduction on household carbon footprints. More information about Chalasani’s project was not immediately available.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Indira Naidoo appointed as Canada's new Associate Education Minister


Indira Naidoo-Harris could have her hands full as associate minister of education, early years and child care.

Rookie cabinet minister Indira Naidoo-Harris is being shuffled from pensions to pre-schoolers.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Wednesday that Naidoo-Harris, who had been charged with overseeing the soon-to-be-defunct Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, is getting new responsibilities.

“Access to high-quality, affordable child care is essential to Ontario families,” Wynne told reporters at a downtown YMCA day care facility.

“This new role in cabinet demonstrates our continued commitment to building a child care and early years system that will make life easier for parents and give children the chance to flourish,” she said.

With the Liberals spending $120 million over three years in new funding to create 4,000 licensed day-care spaces‎ in schools across Ontario, Naidoo-Harris could have her hands full as associate minister of education, early years and child care.

In June, the first-term Halton MPP was elevated to cabinet as associate minister of finance for the Ontario pension plan.

But a national deal with the premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to enhance the Canada Pension Plan negated the need for a separate Ontario retirement scheme.

Wynne’s government spent $70 mill‎ion on the ORPP, including severance packages for people hired to administer the plan.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kiran Challagundla the man behind PV Sindhu’s exceptional fitness

Racquet skills aside, the one defining attribute of PV Sindhu over the last week has been her fitness. The 83-minute final went the way of Carolina Marin on account of her superior court craft and not for Sindhu being found wanting in limb.

Behind the silver is a story of years of hard work. After all, the 21-year-old first turned up to work with coach Pullela Gopichand when she was all of eight years old. Her fitness bulwark has been built since then and two crucial months of training in the lead up to the Games were the apogee of an incrementally increasing work load over 12 years.

“Her daily schedule consists of three sessions, with the first one beginning at 4am. It continues till 6.30 or 7am. We can go through as many as a thousand shuttles per session,” says Gopichand, the coach with the Olympic medal touch. To put it in context, during the final, only 25 shuttles were used.

It goes on: “We come back by about eight for another couple of hours of group session. Then it’s back again around 11am for an hour and a half. In the evening she has a gym and court session or a gym and running session.” So how many hours a day is that? “Six to seven.” How many days a week? “Six”. Is your mind boggling yet? Hold on, it gets more intense.

Sindhu does at least a 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups a day. The latter are not of a single type but different variations (seven to eight) of exercises that activate the core and abdominal muscles. Thrice a week she does 600 to 700 abdominal routines. By a conservative estimate, she does about 600 pushups and 2400 abdominal exercises each week.

While Gopichand is the master planner and overall monitor, the fitness execution it left to the physio Kiran Challagundla. Kiran (Native of Ganeshunipadu - Guntur dist and S/o well known yoga master Bikshamayya Guruji) made your correspondent realise just how hard they have been working at their academy in Hyderabad to pull off this silver.


Kiran with Saina Nesval and Farmer National Champion Chetan Anand 

“Sindhu is a tall girl. For her, balance and stability drills are essential. The routine has to keep varying and we tweak it each week. Graded loading is the key,” says Kiran. The player has a blood test every two months so that her nutrition and supplements can be tweaked to compensate for any deficiencies. Her body weight and heart rate are constantly monitored to asses her physical condition.

When it comes to building the kind of endurance that the sport demands, there is a lot of legwork involved. The same graded approach comes into play. “We do different things. Like two to three sets of ten 400m runs or one 2.4 km run. Some days, we push for a 10 km run. The point is to keep the training varied, not let the body get used to it and therefore stop growing,” says Kiran. Progressive loading is what the fitness industry calls this.

Much has been made of coach Gopichand’s ban on junk food and sweets from Sindhu’s diet in the run up to the Games. But it’s elementary to him: “The sugar hampers recovery, it causes inflammation,” says Gopi. Kiran clarifies that becoming a champion means giving up the right to choose what you eat. If you have a child and nurture dreams of Olympic glory, pay attention to this: “There is nothing like what she prefers. She eats what she is told to.”

There’s constant supervision and each meal is measured out. “A challenge that we have with Sindhu is that her appetite is very less. We monitor each meal and give her high calorie food when she’s not feeling hungry enough,” says Kiran.

That’s also why the supplements are key. “Even during the Games she has been carrying three types of nutrition supplements in her bag. These vary – high energy, protein-based or recovery inducing.” They can be fluid based or energy bars.

After the six or so hours of training, the day is still not done for Sindhu. There is always recovery. “There are three bits to that. Post practice, at night and then next morning. It comprises active recovery which is yoga, sleep, relaxing in the swimming pool and light fitness. Passive recovery is icing, massage etc,” says Kiran.

Gopi is not too happy that Sindhu does not like pranayam (yogic breathing routines) too much. “Yoga is very good, but they have to believe in it. I do and I hope one day she will too,” says Gopi.
All this and they still aren’t completely satisfied with her. “She is just 21 years old. She will fill out. She can improve at least 20% in all aspects – strength, endurance, balance….at least minimum 20% we can guarantee,” says Kiran.

Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu Ruler of Amaravati

Muktyala fort ‘Harihara Vilas’
Amaravati: The temple town of Amaravati was once ruled by Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu. He was the man behind establishment of Jaggayyapet and Achammapet on behalf of his parents. He ruled up to 552 villages and towns located on borders of Krishna district including Madhira, Khammam, Kalidindi, Kondapalli, Kondaveedu, Vinukonda, Ponnuru, Nizampatnam and Palivela near Rajahmundry.

He provided large temple towers at Lord Narasimha Swamy temple at Mangalagiri and Amareswara Swamy temple in Amaravati. He built Lord Brahma temple at Chebrolu village near Guntur and installed 108 Sivalingas in temples at various villages in one auspicious muhurat. Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu was born in 1761 and died in 1816.


Highlights:

* Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu ruled Amaravati
* Vasireddy Sri Rama Gopala Krishna Maheswara Prasad was the Raja of Muktyala
* He conducted a lot of research on Ayurveda and cancer and published ‘Sri Dhanvantari’ magazine
* Historically important tools, artefacts and knives were housed in Mahendra Vilas in Amaravati

His ancestors like Vasireddy Dasaradhi Naidu, Ramanatha Babu, Mukhyeswara Prasad, Venkatadri Naidu, Uma Maheswara Prasad, Chandra Mouliswara Prasad, Erlagadda Ankineedu Prasad, Mallikharjuna Prasad, Sivarama Prasad and Ramakrishna Prasad once lived in spacious forts and castles in Muktyala, Kondaveedu, Challapalli, Jayantipuram and Kondapalli etc. 

Raja Vasireddy Sri Rama Gopala Krishna Maheswara Prasad was the ruler of Muktyala in the early 20th century while Raja Vasireddy Bala Chandrasekhara Varaprasad was the king of Amaravati at the same time.

Vasireddy Rama Gopala Krishna Maheswara Prasad and Bala Chandrasekhara Varaprasad were freedom fighters, known for their interests in poetry, dance, music and Ayurveda.

Maheswara Prasad was the proposer for construction of Pulichintala Project to supply irrigation water to the starving lands, but the then government scrapped the idea as the ayacut was very low. 

So, after spending Rs 60 lakh on research to find the best place for an irrigation project, he had identified Nandikonda and initiated proposals for Nagarjuna Sagar project. 

He was also the man who had set up ‘Arsha Rasayanasala’, a laboratory where different types of research on cancer was carried out for decades in the three-storeyed Muktyala fort ‘Harihara Vilas’.

As a lover of Buddhism, he also planned setting up museums in Muktyala and Amaravati and collected thousands of artefacts for the purpose.

Vasireddy Bala Chandrasekhara Varaprasad rebuilt the palace in Amaravati and renamed it ‘Mahendra Vilas’ in 1930s. The Muktyala Raja family initially lived for about six months during every year in Amaravati in the Mahendra Vilas. 

Subsequently they used to live there for two months and then for 15 days during Sivaratri period. Mahendra Vilas also has a large number of historically important tools, artefacts and knives inherited by the Vasireddy family over generations.

The Harihara Vilas is now being used as a guest house by KCP Cements while the Mahendra Vilas is occasionally used by the Vasireddy family. 

He was known as a very good soul who worked for the welfare of the common man. He was the man behind the idea of construction of Nagarjuna Sagar and spent lakhs of rupees on research for identifying the best place.”

Muktyala Raja was a poet, writer and interested in Ayurveda. He did a lot of research on Ayurveda and cancer and published ‘Sri Dhanvantari’ magazine for more than 50 years. 

“A number of unpublished research documents and books on cancer, thousands of artefacts of Buddhism lie in the fort and they are the property of the Andhra Pradesh people. 


Thursday, August 4, 2016

ముసునూరు కమ్మ నాయకుల చరిత్ర

ముసునూరు కాపయ నాయకుడు


కాకతీయ సామ్రాజ్యం పతనా నంతరం తెలుగునాట నెలకొన్న రాజకీయ అనిశ్చితి కాలంలో స్థానిక సైన్యాన్ని సంఘటితం చేసిన కొందరు నాయకులు ముసునూరు నాయకులు అని ప్రసిద్ధి చెందారు. కాకతీయుల తరువాత సాగిన అంధకార యుగం అనుకొనే ఈ సమయం గురించి సుప్రసిద్ధ చరిత్ర పరిశోధకుడు మల్లంపల్లి సోమశేఖర శర్మ విశేషంగా అధ్యయనం చేశాడు. క్రీ.శ. 1323-1336 కాలంలో ముసునూరు కాపయ నాయకుడు, ముసునూరు ప్రోలయ నాయకుడు తురుష్క పాలకులతో స్వాతంత్య్ర పోరాటం సాగించడం, కాపయ నాయకుడు ఓరుగల్లును ఆక్రమించడం గురించి శర్మ వివరించాడు. ఈ ''ముసునూరు యుగం'' రాజకీయంగా సువర్ణ ఘట్టమని శర్మ నిరూపించాడు.

1323 సంవత్సరములో ఆంధ్ర దేశము అల్లకల్లోల పరిస్థితిలో ఉన్నది. ఢిల్లీ సుల్తాను పంపిన ఉలుఫ్‌ఖాన్‌ (మహమ్మద్‌ బీన్‌ తుగ్లక్‌) మూడు నెలల ముట్టడి తరువాత ప్రతాపరుద్రుని జయించి బంధించాడు. ఓరుగల్లు నెలల తరబడి దోచుకున్నాడు. అమూల్యమైన కోహినూరు వజ్రము, బంగారము, వజ్రవైఢూర్యములు మొదలగు సంపద 20,000 గుర్రములు, ఏనుగులు, ఒంటెలపై ఢిల్లీ తరలించారు. ప్రతాపరుద్ర మహారాజు, దుర్గపాలకుడు గన్నమ నాయుడు (యుగంధర్‌/ మాలిక్‌ మక్బూల్‌) మొదలగు వారు బందీలుగా ఢిల్లీ తరలుచుండగా మహరాజు నర్మదా నదిలో ఆత్మహత్య చేసుకున్నాడు.

ప్రోలానీడు :
ప్రోలయ నాయకుని విలస శాసనమందు ఆనాటి తెలుగుదేశపు దయనీయ దుస్థితి వర్ణించాడు. అట్టి విషమ కాలమందు బెండపూడి అన్నయ మంత్రి మరియు కొలను రుద్రదేవుడను ఇద్దరు దేశాభిమానులు చెల్లాచెదరైన నాయకులను ఐక్యపరిచారు. వారికి నాయకునిగా ముసునూరి ప్రోలానీడు అను ఒక కమ్మ సేనానిని ఎన్నుకొన్నారు. ప్రతాపరుద్రుని 72 నాయకులలో ప్రోలానీడు ఒకడు. క్రిష్ణా మండలములోని నూజివీడుకు చెందినవాడు. అతని తండ్రి పేరు పోచినాయకుడు. పోచినాయకునికి ముగ్గురు తమ్ములు. వారు రాజనాయకుడు, కమ్మనాయకుడు మరియు దేవనాయకుడు. దేవనాయకునికి మహావీరుడగు పుత్రుడు కాపయ నాయకుడు జన్మించెను. ముసునూరి కాపానీడు తన పినతండ్రికి చేదోడు వాదోడుగా నిలచి, పేరుప్రఖ్యాతులు గడించాడు. 

ప్రోలానీడు నాయకులందరినీ ఒక తాటిపై తెచ్చి, ఓరుగల్లును విముక్తి గావించేందుకు పలు వ్యూహాలు పన్నాడు. అతనికి ముఖ్య సహచరులుగా అద్దంకి వేమారెడ్డి, కొప్పుల ప్రోలయనాయకుడు, రేచెర్ల సింగమనాయకుడు, మంచికొండ గణపతినాయకుడు, వుండి వేంగభూపతి మొదలగు మహావీరులు తెలుగుదేశమును పారతంత్య్రము నుండి విడిపించుటకు సన్నద్ధులయ్యారు. పలుచోట్ల పెక్కు యుద్ధముల అనంతరం 1326లో తురుష్కులను దక్షిణ భారతమునుండి తరిమివేయుటలో నాయకులు సఫలమైరి. హిందూమతము రక్షించబడెను. దేవాలయములు పునరుద్ధరించబడెను. కోటలు గట్టిబరచబడెను. బ్రాహ్మాణులకు అగ్రహారాలిచ్చారు. అనితల్లి కలువచేరు శాసనములో ప్రోలానీడి వీరత్వము, దేశాభిమానము, ప్రజారంజకమగు పరిపాలన విపులముగా కొనియాడేవారు

కాపానీడు: 
వయసు మీరిన ప్రోలానీడు రాజ్యాధికారమును కాపానీడికి అప్పగించి రేకపల్లి కోటకు తరలిపోయాడు. ముసునూరివారి విజయములచే ఉత్తేజితులై హొయసల, ద్వారసముద్రము మరియు అరవీటి రాజులు తిరుగుబాటు చేసి తిరిగి వారి వారి రాజ్యములు సాధించుకొన్నారు. ఇస్లాము మతమునకు మార్చబడిన హరిహర మరియు బుక్క రాయలు హోయసల రాజ్యమును జయించి, విద్యారణ్యులవారి బోధనలవల్ల తిరిగి హిందూ మతమును స్వీకరించి ఆనెగొంది విజయనగర రాజ్యము స్థాపించారు. మధురలో జలాలుద్దీను హస్సను స్వతంత్రుడిగా ప్రకటించుకొనెను. సుల్తాను ఉగ్రుడై స్వయముగా పెద్దసైన్యముతో ఓరుగల్లు చేరారు. అచ్చట ప్రబలుచున్న మహమ్మారివల్ల సుల్తానుకు అంటు జాడ్యము వచ్చింది. భయపడిన సుల్తాను తిరిగి దౌలతాబాదుకు తిరుగుముఖము బట్టెను. తనతో వచ్చిన ముల్తాను పాలకుడు మాలిక్‌ మక్బూల్‌ ను ఓరుగల్లు కోటకు అధిపతిగా నియమించి ఢిల్లీకి తిరిగిపోయెను . వెనువెంటనే హోయసల రాజు సహకారముతో కాపయ ఓరుగల్లుపై దాడి చేసి తెలంగాణమంతయును విముక్తి గావించాడు. మాలిక్‌ మక్బూల్‌ ఢిల్లీకి పారిపోయెను. ఓరుగల్లు కోటపై ఆంధ్రదేశ పతాకము ఎగిరెను. కాపానీడు ఆంధ్రదేశాధీశ్వర మరియు ఆంధ్రసురత్రాణ అనే బిరుదులు పొందాడు. ప్రజారంజకముగా పరిపాలించాడు. తన తోటినాయకులగు వేమారెడ్డి, పిఠాపురం కొప్పుల నాయకుడు, రేచెర్ల, భువనగిరి, దేవరకొండ పద్మనాయకుల స్వతంత్రమును గౌరవించాడు. కాపానీడు సామ్రాజ్యము శ్రీకాకుళము నుండి బీదరు వరకు సిరిపూరు నుండి కంచి వరకు విస్తరించాడు. అది ఆంధ్రదేశ చరిత్రలో సువర్ణాక్షరములతో లిఖించదగిన కాలము.

పతనము:1345లో హసను గంగు మహమ్మదు బీన్‌ తుగ్లక్‌పై తిరుగుబాటు చేసి, దేవగిరిలో బహమనీ రాజ్యము స్థాపించెను. 1347లో తన రాజధానిని గుల్బర్గాకు మార్చెను. అతని ముఖ్యోద్దేశము దక్షిణాపథమునంతయు ఆక్రమించుట. క్రమముగా తెలుగు నాయకులలో ఐక్యత సన్నగిల్లసాగెను. పాత అసూయలు, కక్షలు తిరిగి తలెత్తాయి. రేచెర్ల సింగమ నాయుడు అద్దంకిపై దండెత్తగా కాపయ కలుగచేసుకొనెను, సింగయకది నచ్చలేదు. అదేసమయాన తుగ్లక్‌ బహమనీ రాజ్యముపై దాడిచేయగా కాపయ సాయమందించెను. బహమనీ సుల్తాను ఎంత కృతఘ్నుడో కాపానీడికి త్వరలో తెలియవచ్చెను. 1350లో సింగమనాయుని ప్రోద్బలముతో అల్లావుద్దీను ఓరుగల్లుపై మొదటిసారి దండెత్తెను. ఇది ఊహించని కాపానీడు వీరోచితముగా పోరాడినను తప్పక సంధిగావించుకొని కైలాసకోటను అల్లావుద్దీనుకప్పగించెను. తుగ్లక్‌ 1351లో మరణించగా మిగుల ఉత్సాహముతో అల్లావుద్దీను పెద్దసైన్యము సమకూర్చుకొని 1355లో మరలా ఓరుగల్లుపై దండెత్తెను. ఆతనికి సింగమ నాయుడు లోపాయకారీగా సహాయపడెను. భువనగిరి సహా పెక్కు కోటలు స్వాధీనపర్చుకొని ఒక సంవత్సరముబాటు అలావుద్దీను తెలంగాణలో సర్వనాశనము గావించెను. 1359లో గుల్బర్గకు తిరిగిపోయి మరణించెను. పిమ్మట మహమ్మదు షా గుల్బర్గలో రాజయ్యాడు. అది అదనుగా కాపానీడు తన కుమారుడు వినాయకదేవుని భువనగిరి మరియు కైలాసకోటలను విముక్తి గావించుటకు పంపెను. ఆతనికి బుక్క రాయలు సాయపడెను. తొలుత విజయములు సాధించినను వినాయక దేవుడు షా సైన్యమునకు చిక్కి మహాఘాతుకముగా వధించబడ్డాడు. కాపానీడికి అదొక పెద్ద విషాదఘాతము. బుక్కరాయల సహాయముతో కాపానీడు బహ్మనీ సుల్తానుపై పెద్ద దాడికి సన్నిద్ధుడయ్యెను. అది తెలిసి మహమ్మదు షా కోపోద్రిక్తుడై తెలంగాణపై దండెత్తెను. రాచకొండ నాయకులు అతనికి సాయమందించారని చరిత్రకారుల అభిప్రాయము. అలాంటి విషమ సమయమున బుక్కరాయలు మరణించెను. విజయనగర తోడ్పాటు లేకపోయెను. కాపానీడు ఓడిపోయి గొల్లకొండ కోటను, నెమలి సింహాసనము, ఎనలేని సంపద, వజ్రవైఢూర్యములు, బంగారము సమర్పించుకొనెను. మహమ్మదు షా రెండు వర్షములు తెలంగాణను అన్నివిధములుగా నాశనము గావించి 1365లో తిరిగిపోయెను. అదే అదనుగా రేచెర్ల సింగమ నాయుడు అతని కుమారులు స్వాతంత్య్రము ప్రకటించుకొని బలహీనపడిన కాపానీడుపై యుద్ధము ప్రకటించిరి. ఖాళీ ఐన కోశాగారముతో, యుద్ధములలో అలసిన సైన్యముతో, విషణ్ణుడైన కాపానీడు పోరుకు తలపడెను. భీమవరము వద్ద జరిగిన పోరులో తెలుగుదేశపు ఐక్యతకు, హిందూమత రక్షణకు, దక్షిణభారతమును పరదాస్యము నుండి విముక్తి చేయుటకు ఎన్నో త్యాగములుచేసిన మహామానధనుడు 1370లో అసువులు బాశాడు.

With Ref: Mallampalli Somasekhara Sharma article published in 'Prajasakthi' . 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Kamma Supreme Court Judges (Present and past)

List of Kamma Supreme Court Judges:

Alagiriswamy 1st Kamma Supreme court Judge

Past: 

1) Justice A Alagiri Swamy: Judge Madras High court and Judge Supreme Court ((17/10/197 to 16/10/1975)

2) Justice V. Ramaswami: Judge Madras High Court and Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Judge Supreme Court (14/12/1988 to 21/12/1996)

3) Justice K. Venkataswamy: Judge Madras High Court, Chief Justice Patna High Court, Judge Supreme Court  (6/3/1995 to 18/9/1999)

4) Justice D. Raju: Judge Madras High Court, Cheif Justice Himachal Pradesh High Court , Judge Supreme Court (28/1/2000 to 01/07/2004)

Present:

1) Justice Jasti Chelameswar: Judge AP High Court, Chief Justice Guwahati High Court and Kerala High Court, Judge Supreme Court 

2) Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana: Judge AP High Court, Chief Justic Delhi High Court, Judge Supreme Court 

3) Lavu Nageswara Rao: Additional Solicitor General in the Supreme Court of India (Past), Judge Supreme Court

Punnaiah Chowdary is BAI’s official delegate for RIO


The Indian Olympic Association has nominated Badminton Association of India (BAI) Secretary Karanam Chenchu Punnaiah Choudary as the official delegate from the Badminton Association of India to the Rio Olympics, according to a BAI release on Tuesday.

Known for his indefatigable efforts, this 75-year-old Bheeshmacharya of the badminton has been leading the State association as its general secretary for nearly three decades. His role in popularising badminton in Andhra Pradesh is praise-worthy.

His passion for the feather game made him explore new avenues and he qualified as a national umpire in 1981 and later, became India’s first international umpire in 1983 and officiated several international fixtures, including Thomas and Uber Cups.

Punnaiah will leave on August 5 to Argentina and Chile for a badminton development programme and will reach Rio on August 11.

Boyapati Venkata Sudhakar takes charge as Secretary, Dept of Posts Govt of INDIA

Sri Boyapati Venkata Sudhakar, IPoS (1981 batch) has been joined as Secretary, Department of Posts, India.    He is the first Telugu person to assume the apex post in the Department of Posts.   Earlier he was the Member (Technology) in the Department of Posts at New Delhi during which period he has involved himself in the introduction of Core Banking, Rural ICT programme in the Department of Posts so as to enable to reach  the services of the Department to the rural masses.

Sri Sudhakar has born on 18-04-1957 in Kammapalem Village, Nellore District to Smt Anasuyadevi and Sri Yanadaiah.

The schooling of Sri Sudhakar was held at All Saints High School & St. Paul’s High School at Hyderabad.  He has completed his Intermediate studies at Alia Junior College, Hyderabad.  He has completed his B.Sc graduation from New Science College, Hyderabad and did Post graduation in M.Sc (Physics), M Phil & MBA through Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Before joining the Department of Posts, he has worked as Manager at A.P. Cooperative Bank, Hyderabad during 1978-81.

He has been selected to the Indian Postal Services in 1981.  Subsequently he has served the department in various capacities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal & New Delhi.

Further he has worked as Regional Film Sensor Board Officer, Hyderabad;  Director of Postal Accounts ; Commissioner, Employment & Training, Government of Andhra Pradesh,  Hyderabad; and Secretary, Information Commission, Andhra Pradesh on deputation.

He has introduced so many innovative schemes, products, services in the Department of Posts and in other Departments where he was on deputation. Some of the schemes like’ Aaseervachanam (TTD prasadam)’,  Sale of TTD tickets through Post Offices,  Sale of Haleem through Post Offices during Ramzan season, Introduction of ‘Nanyatha’  scheme to monitor Letter box clearance,  sale of Godavari sacred water – ‘God jal’, Mechanised Delivery, Same day delivery, Introduction of new Application softwares like ‘Jabardast’ were the contributions of Shri Sudhakar to the Department as well as for the society.  He has ensured the prompt filling-up of vacancies of the Postal Department which were unfilled for so many years.  He has initiated to ensure compassionate appointments periodically rather monthly,  in the interest of the families of diseased employees.

Anika Yarlagadda becomes Michigan's No-1 Tennis player


WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI -- With how dominant Anika Yarlagadda was on the tennis courts this season, it might be a surprise to know that she is only a frehman as well.

The star of West Bloomfield's girls tennis team this spring, Yarlagadda went undefeated this season -- without losing a set in the process -- to claim the Division 1 title in No. 1 singles. For her stellar efforts this spring, Yarlagadda is the 2016 MLive Detroit Player of the Year for girls tennis.

Facing Grosse Pointe South’s Raven Neely, the state's top senior, Yarlagadda showed her prodigal dominance with a 6-1, 6-4 win in No. 1 singles to claim the title.

"I told myself that I'm a freshman, she's a senior," Yarlagadda said after her victory. "I have four years. She has all the pressure. Just keep hitting the ball. She's a big hitter. Just bear through her."

Yarlagadda kept her cool like any champion would and showed why she is the top 10 in the nation for her age group.

"She got frustrated," Yarlagadda said of Neely. "I used that to my advantage. Then I held serve at 4-all. That was important."

With three more seasons ahead of her, Yarlagadda will attempt to become the third Michigan athlete to win four No. 1 singles titles and the first athlete to do it in Division 1.