Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kishore Tummala's "I can't breathe" won the “Best Short Film” award at FOG 2017.

Kishore Tummala on the red carpet during FOG Movie Fest 2017

FREMONT, CA: Kishore Tummala, a New Jersey-based software engineer, made his first film and won the “Best Short Film” award at FOG 2017. Titled “I Can’t Breathe”, the film tells the story of a young African-American man who has recently won a basketball scholarship and has plans to propose to his girlfriend. Kishore is the writer, Director and Producer of that film.

During a routine traffic stop while riding in his friend’s car in the passenger seat, a police officer shoots and kills him. His distraught mother seeks forgiveness and reconciliation as a solution, rather than revenge.

On September 22, the film opened at the Laemmle Theater in Pasadena, California. Kishore aims to get the film noticed by members of the Academy of Motion Pictures (they run the Oscars) and entered into competition. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Raju Narisetti appointed CEO of Gizmodo Media Group

Spanish language television network, Univision Communications, Inc. (UCI), best known for its dramatic soap operas, on Wednesday announced that News Corp. senior vice-president, Raju Narisetti, and the founding editor of Mint will be the chief executive officer for Gizmodo Media Group (GMG), earlier known as Gawker Media.

Last month, the company which also owns a 40% stake in satirical news site The Onion, entered into an agreement to acquire digital media assets as part of the bankruptcy proceedings of Gawker Media Group for $135 million.

Gizmodo Media Group is part of the Fusion Media Group (FMG), the division of UCI that serves the young, diverse audiences.

As chief executive officer (CEO), Narisetti will be responsible for managing all business and editorial operations of the newly named Gizmodo Media Group, which houses Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker and Kotaku. He takes over the role of founder and former CEO, Nick Denton.

Gawker Media was an online media company and blog network founded and owned by Denton in 2012.

In 2016, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a direct result of the monetary judgement against the company related to the Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit.

Narisetti, who will be based at the company headquarters in New York, will report to Isaac Lee, chief news, digital and entertainment officer of UCI, and Felipe Holguin, president and chief operating officer of FMG.

Heather Detrick, president of GMG, John Cook, executive editor, and Courtenay O’Connor, GMG deputy general counsel, will all report directly to Narisetti. He will formally join the Gizmodo Media Group in late October.

“It is a privilege to be responsible for leading this unwaveringly energetic team of journalists and business staff,” said Narisetti in a statement.

“As part of Univision, we will now be more ambitious in deepening, broadening and sensibly scaling the passionate digital communities that Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Kotaku, Jalopnik and Lifehacker have attracted, by offering accurate, responsible, edgy and engaging journalism, as well as through relevant, related content and commerce.”

On Narisetti’s appointment, Lee of UCI said, “Raju is a rare combination, someone who comes with a very strong background in journalism, became a leader in digital media on three continents, and went on to develop new businesses for a global company,” said Lee. “His commitment to journalistic integrity, his entrepreneurial spirit and proven ability to adapt quickly in a fast-paced digital environment will help us strengthen and grow these newly acquired category-leading brands.”

Narisetti will also play an important role on Fusion Media Group’s leadership team. “As we look to deepen the engagement of America’s increasingly diverse television, digital, mobile and social audiences with our portfolio of brands that speak to their interests in a passionate, authentic manner,” added Holguin.

FMG now reaches more than a third of all Americans online each month with 96 million unique visitors, including its extended network.

FMG’s collection of digital-first brands serve young, diverse influencers with content that reflects their shared values and passions. In addition to the Gizmodo Media Group, FMG includes FUSION, The Root, Flama, Univision Digital, Univision Music, as well as Univision’s interest in El Rey Network, The Onion, The A.V. Club and ClickHole. FMG also includes Story House, a content development and production unit.

Narisetti is currently senior vice-president, strategy, of News Corp., the media and publishing arm owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Since 2013, he has been responsible for acquisitions and global expansion, while also helping guide and influence the digital growth of News Corp.’s existing companies in the news, information, publishing, social video and digital real-estate portfolio, which include The Wall Street Journal; The Times, London; Harper-Collins; Realtor.com and Storyful, among others.

In India, News Corp. acquired media and publishing firm VCCircle Network in 2015 and financial advisory firm BigDecisions in 2014, under Narisetti’s leadership. It also has invested over $30 million for a 25% stake in real estate website PropTiger.

Prior to News Corp, Narisetti was managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network.

Earlier, Narisetti served as managing editor of The Washington Post (2009-2012). Narisetti spearheaded the Post’s efforts to combine its separate print and digital newsrooms into an integrated operation.

Narisetti has a MA in Journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington; and a BA (Economics) and MBA from India.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Surapaneni KoteswaraRao appointed VC of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Agriculture University

Bhopal: Surapaneni Koteswara Rao, a former director of research services of an agriculture university, has been appointed as the new vice chancellor of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Agriculture University in Gwalior.
Born in Polukonda, Andhra Pradesh, India on 8 March 1952. Educated at PVCMZPH School, Rudrapaka, Andhra Pradesh 1968; Pre University, Sir CRR College Eluru, 1971; B.Sc. 1974, Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada; College of Agriculture, JNKVV, Jabalpur M.Sc.(Ag) 1977, Ph.D. 1980.

Rao has been appointed for a period of five years by Madhya Pradesh Governor, O P Kohli, the official from the public relation department said.

Rao has earlier served as former director, research services of the Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vidyalaya, Jabalpur.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sports doctor

Dr Venkatesh Movva excels in sports medicine, founding Indian Gridiron League to expand American football in India.

Dr Venkatesh Movva excels in sports medicine, founding Indian Gridiron League to expand American football in India, devoting time to nurture young talents and offering relief through regenerative orthopaedics

Dr Venkatesh Movva of Movva Sports has been a dreamer besides excelling in sports medicine, founding Indian Gridiron League to expand the American football in India, devoting time to nurture young talents and offering relief to people across the globe through regenerative orthopaedics.

A native of Vijaywada, Dr Movva had left for the US after his medical graduation in India. Both sports and medicine have been his lifelong passions. “I chased my dream with immense dedication,” says Dr Movva, an athlete and medical practitioner. He specialised in sports medicine and regenerative medicine in the US.

He was instrumental in launching a professional American-style football league in India. The goal has been to provide fast-paced, action-packed entertaining sport to the city of Hyderabad.

“We are creating opportunities for local youth to excel in the sport and enjoy benefits of being professional athletes,” says Dr Movva, who had served as president of Elite Football League of India and handled operations in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

He was fortunate to have a strong and supportive family that let him create an identity outside of the family business. He broke away from the family norm to pursue medical education. “The love for sports and well being led me to becoming a sports medicine and regenerative orthopaedics expert,” he says.

He founded Regenorthosport for Regenerative and Sports Medicine, pioneering regenerative stem cell therapies.

“As part of a group I was involved in interventional orthopaedics with usage of autologous stem cells for treating commonly occuring sports and degenerative conditions. We brought the same high quality medical centres to India,” says Dr Movva, who has been living in the US for 25 years. He has performed more than 2,000 Regenexx procedures.

The consistent challenge for him in early stages as an entrepreneur was to convince the team to believe in his dream. “Both my ventures had teething troubles as they were new and required tremendous amount of validation, not just from the team, but from people who would eventually experience our services. Once you are able to overcome these challenges, it is a smooth ride,” says Dr Movva. 

“I had full confidence that the Indian public would embrace the medical technology we introduced,” says Dr Movva, whose customers range from young athletes to older adults.

The centre he launched in Hyderabad is the country’s only specialised medical centre providing Regenexx procedure. His business venture offers regenerative therapy for commonly occuring degenerative orthopaedic conditions for people around the world.

When you look at knee osteoarthritis, the only option used to be total knee replacement. “With regenerative stem cell technology we can now heal and regenerate cartilage, meniscus and ligaments to reverse arthritis and in turn, avoid any major surgery,” he says.

His first client was his mother. So, what’s been his mantra for success? “I continue to strengthen core areas I believe I have the ability to do better. My thrust has been service of the highest quality and standard, both as entrepreneur and medical practitioner. Some of the finest lessons I have picked up- family values, management system and the spirit of entrepreneurship”, says Dr Movva.

His strongest source of inspiration is his family – wife and lovely children. “It is their unrelenting support that led me to pursue my entrepreneurial vision and challenges - right from the seed stage to startup and maturity. My ventures are self funded.”

In 2011 Elite Football League of India concluded an agreement with Movva Sports to purchase the Hyderabad Skykings, which played its inaugural season in December 2011. Venkatesh Movva of Movva Sports was an early investor in the league and also owned "Hyderabad Skykings".   

Friday, September 22, 2017

హైకోర్టు అదనపు న్యాయమూర్తిగా జస్టిస్‌ కొంగర విజయలక్ష్మి ప్రమాణస్వీకారం

ఉమ్మడి రాష్ట్రాల హైకోర్టు అదనపు న్యాయమూర్తిగా జస్టిస్‌ కొంగర విజయలక్ష్మి సెప్టెంబర్ 21వ తేదీన ప్రమాణస్వీకారం చేశారు. హైకోర్టు తాత్కాలిక ప్రధాన న్యాయమూర్తి రమేష్‌ రంగనాథన్‌ ప్రధాన కోర్టు హాల్‌లో ప్రమాణస్వీకారం చేయించారు.

కొంగర విజయలక్ష్మి 1960 సెప్టెంబరు 20న జన్మించారు. ఏలూరు సీఆర్‌ఆర్‌ న్యాయ కళాశాల నుంచి బీఎల్‌ పూర్తి చేశారు. ఆంధ్రా విశ్వవిద్యాలయం నుంచి బంగారు పతకం అందుకున్నారు. ఉస్మానియా విశ్వవిద్యాలయంలో ఎల్‌ఎల్‌ఎం పూర్తి చేశారు. 1985 జులై 12న న్యాయవాదిగా పేరు నమోదు చేసుకున్నారు. హైకోర్టు విశ్రాంత న్యాయమూర్తి జస్టిస్‌ ఎస్‌ పర్వతరావు వద్ద అప్పట్లో న్యాయవాద వృత్తి జీవితాన్ని ప్రారంభించారు. ప్రస్తుత సుప్రీంకోర్టు న్యాయమూర్తి జస్టిస్‌ జాస్తి చలమేశ్వర్‌ హైకోర్టులో ఏఏజీగా పనిచేసినప్పుడు ఆయన కార్యాలయానికి అటాచ్‌ ప్రభుత్వ న్యాయవాది(జీపీ)గా విజయలక్ష్మి పనిచేశారు. ప్రభుత్వ న్యాయవాదిగా, సహాయ ప్రభుత్వ న్యాయవాదిగానూ సేవలు అందించారు. హైకోర్టు న్యాయవాదిగా ఈనెల 21వ తేదీన ప్రమాణస్వీకారం చేయనున్నారు.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

List of Kamma Vice Chancellors (Past and Present)

List of Kamma Vice-Chancellors (Updated)

Nagarjuna University:
1. Dr.Kommareddi Raja Ramamohana Rao
2. Dr.Chitturi Veera Raghavulu
3. Dr.Davuluri Rama Kotaiah

Andhra University:
1. Dr.Vasireddi Sri Krishna
2. Dr.Koneru Rama Krishna Rao
3. Dr.Avula Sambasiva Rao

University of Hyderabad :
1. Dr.Kota Harinarayana

Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University:
1. Dr.Alapati Appa Rao
2. Dr.Idpuganti Venkata Subba Rao
3. Dr.Vallabhaneni Damodar Naidu (Present)

Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Agriculture University in Gwalior
1. Surapaneni KoteswaraRao (Present)

Telugu University:
1. Dr.Tumati Donappa
2. Dr.Avula Manjulatha

Kakatiya University:
1. Dr.Y. Vaikuntham

Krishna University:
1. Vunnam Venkaiah 

Sri Krishnadevara University:
1. Dr.P.R.Naidu

Sri Venkateswara University:
1. Dr.Kotha Sachidananda Murthy
2. Rallapalli Ramamurthy Naidu
2. Dr.Poluri Murali

Sri Padmavathi Mahila University
1. Veeramachaneni Durga Bhavani (Present)

Ambedkar Open University
1. Dr.Vasireddy Siva Linga Prasad

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (Kakinada)
1. Vellanki Sambasiva Kumar (Present)

Hyderabad Central University
1. Podile AppaRao (Present)

Anna University - Tamilnadu :
1. Dr. E. Balagurusamy

Bharatiar University - Tamilnadu :
1. Dr.A.Subbian (First Vice-Chancellor)

Madras University - (Tamilnadu):
1. Dr.G.R. Damodaran

Bangalore University - (Karnataka):
1. Dr.Santhappa

Hinidi University/ Agra:
1. Dr.Moturi Satyanarayana

J.N.T.U/ Delhi:
1. Dr.Yalavarthi Nayudamma

Banaras Hindu University :
1. Dr.Pacha Ramachandra Rao

Indira Gandhi National Open University :
1. Dr.Vasireddy Siva Linga Prasad (Pro Vice-Chancellor)

Defence Institute of Advanced Technology
1. Dr.Pacha Ramachandra Rao

BITS - Pilani
1. Vajja Sambasiva Rao (Present)

UGC Chairmans:
1. Dr.Kotha Sachidananda Murthy (Vice-Chairman)
2. Dr.Vasireddi Sri Krishna

Monday, September 18, 2017

Vennam Jyothy Surekha selected for the World Archery Championship

Vennam Jyothy Sureskha, Vijayawada archer and Arjuna awardee, has been selected for the World Archery Championship to be held in Mexico from October 15 to 22.

She was selected in the selections organised in Sonepat, Haryana on Saturday.  She has secured 7/7 points in the Olympic round and has scored a record 150/150. The selections were conducted in two stages among archers from all over the country.  Surekha stood first and been selected for the World championship, according to information received.

Pranjala Yadlapalli wins ITF title in Thailand

Pranjala Yadlapalli and Zeel Desai beat Alexandra Walters (Aus) & Rutuja Bhosale 6-2, 7-5 in the final of $15,000 ITF women at Hua Hin, Thailand Saturday. It was the second doubles title for Pranjala and Zeel. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Suresh Rayudu Chitturi is now Vice-Chairman of International Egg Commission

Suresh Rayudu Chitturi, Managing Director of Srinivasa Farms, has been appointed Vice-Chairman of International Egg Commission at a meeting held at Bruges in Belgium. Mr Suresh is the second person from India to be appointed on this prestigious Global Body.

Mr Suresh will be in this position for next two years.

B V Rao of Venkateshwara Hatcheris was the only person from India who got on board of IEC till now, in 1992-93.

Congratulating Suresh on his elevation to IEC board, Indian Poultry Industry expressed happiness and hope that this will augur well for the Industry and Farmers in India.

IEC is the only organisation that represents the global egg industry with members spanning 80 countries. 

Gattamaneni Sai Revathi won 3 gold medals in Commonwealth powerlifting

Andhra woman from Tenali Ms. Gattamaneni Sai Revathi won 3 gold medals at the Commonwealth powerlifting championship in 63 KGs category individual Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift category held at Potchefstroom South Africa on 14th September 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

NTV Chairman Tummala Narendra Chowdary‘s costliest wedding invitation for daughter’s wedding

NTV Chairman Chairman Tummala Narendra Choudhary’s daughter Rachana Chowdary got engaged to Coastal Group owner Sabbineni Surendra’s son Vishnu Teja on 30th July, and the event was attended by several VIPs and celebrities from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. For the engagement reception, Rachana wore a black sequin embellished gown paired with simple diamond necklace set.

The wedding event is scheduled to be held on 23rd September at Shamshabad in GMR. Chowdary is leaving no stone unturned to make the event a memorable one. Even in case of wedding cards, he is showing his mark.The  celebrities in the country are issued wedding cards that cost up to Rs 1 lakh. Such cards are  up to 250. Moreover, this card is issued along with a Pattu Saree, Pattu Pancha, silver and gold items in a specially designed box. These cards are only for VVIPs. One lakh rupees worth of cards for VIPs have also been distributed.  In addition, there are lakhs of ordinary cards.

The wedding mandapam is being decked up in an area of one lakh sq feet and designers from Mumbai are working overtime. In view of the traffic and safety issues in mind, the marriage platform has been confirmed in Shamshabad.  If the buzz we are hearing is true, then Narendra Chowdary is giving a small plane as a wedding gift. It will be around Rs 50 crore.

Bollineni Chandrika win 3 gold medals in Commonwealth powerlifting

Andhra girl Bollineni Chandrika win 3 gold medals at the Commonwealth powerlifting championship in 84 KGs individual Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift category held at Potchefstroom South Africa yesterday. Andhra Pradesh Kakatiya Seva Samithi and other Kamma Associations provided financial assistance to her to participate in that event. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cherukuri Sivani creates Archery world record

Vijayawada's Cherukuri Dolly Sivani, sister of late Cherukuri Lenin, created two records in Archery on Sunday by aiming arrows perfectly in record time in the presence of the representatives of record books, sports persons, officials of SAAP and others at the Cherukuri Volga Archery Academy.

She successfully aimed 103 arrows out of 104 in 11 minutes and 9 seconds which is a new record. She successfully hit the target with outstanding perfection and skill in archery. As per the rules 100 arrows are to be aimed from the distance of 10 meters. She did it in 11 minutes and 9 seconds.

The five year and five months old lad’s name has been entered into India Book of Record, Asia Book of Record and World for her excellent performance on Sunday. She achieved the feat in the presence of Niraj Chowdary, the representative of India Book of Records and Asia Book of Records. In the second event she created another record by aiming 36 arrows on the target in 5.8 minutes.

She scored 290 points against the 360 points to create a new record in the tender age of only five years. 32 arrows are to be aimed from the distance of 20 metres in the second game and she did it in 5 minutes, eight seconds.

Niraj Chowdary, on Sunday officially declared that Sivani had created two new records and presented her with a Certificate.  Andhra Pradesh Archery Academy honorary president and father of Sivani, Cherukuri Satyanarayana told reporters that he was delighted with the achievement of Sivani.

Cherukuri Olga Archery Academy coach Chandrasekhar Lagur, Judges to the event B Sravan Kumar and D Anirudh Durgesh, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh observer T Nagarjuna, Principal of the SRR and CVR Government college Velaga Joshi and representatives of various sports Associations, educational institutions, archers, sports lovers and others congratulated young Sivani for achieving the feat at the very tender age of five years.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Katragadda Aruna Earns Endorsement from EMILY's List in Maryland Congressional Race

Indian American Delegate Katragadda Aruna Miller has received an endorsement from EMILY’s List as she vies for the 6th Congressional District seat in Maryland.

Aruna, a Democrat, is looking to win the seat being vacated by Rep. John Delaney, who is not seeking re-election to focus on a run for president.

“I am so honored to have been endorsed by them. This is big news for my campaign,” Aruna said in the report.

Aruna has worked for 25 years for Montgomery County as an engineer. She was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010, representing the 15th district as well as serving as a member of the Appropriations Committee.

EMILY’s List, which supports women running for office, said in a news release it has helped elect 116 women to the House of Representatives, 23 to the Senate and more than 800 to state and local offices since it was founded in 1985.

The organization, which described Aruna as a first generation American fighting for Maryland’s working families, said, “This is the least reliably Democratic congressional district in Maryland and a must-win seat in our efforts to take back the House. Additionally, there are no women in Maryland’s federal delegation, and this is our best chance to ensure that a woman has a seat at the table.”

Saturday, September 2, 2017

List of Arjuna awardee Kammas (12)

Kamma National Awardees in Sports

Arjuna Awardees
1. Kamineni Eswara Rao (Weight lifting) 1963
2. Movva Shyam Sundar Rao (Vollyball) 1974
3. Arikapudi Ramana Rao (Vollyball) 1977
4. Pullela Gopi Chand (Badminton) 1999
5. Koneru Humpi (Chess) 2004
6. Achanta Sarath Kamal (Table Tennis) 2004
7. Pentela Harikrishna (Chess) 2007
8. Dronavalli harika (Chess) 2007
9. Gutta Jwala (Badminton) 2011
10. Parupalli Kashyap (Badminton) 2012
11. Saketh Myneni (Tennis) 2017
12. Vennam Jyothi Surekha (Archery) 2017

Dronacharya Awardees
1. Arikapudi Ramana Rao (Vollyball) 1990
2. Movva Shyam Sundar Rao (Vollyball) 1995
3. Koneru Ashok (Chess) 2007
4. Pullela Gopichand (Badminton) 2009

Rajeev Khel Ratna (India's highest sporting honour)
1) Pullela Gopichand (Badminton) 2001

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Nina Davuluri to judge Miss America 2018 competition

NEW YORK – Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri will join radio and TV host Maria Menounos, country music singer Thomas Rhett, actress Molly Sims, pop star Jordin Sparks and People magazine Editor in Chief Jess Cagle on the panel of celebrity judges for the final night of the Miss America Competition on Sept. 10.

“I understand all too well the emotions of stepping on to the Miss America stage. I’m honored to be able to help shape the legacy of the Miss America Organization over the next year,” Davuluri said in a statement.

Davuluri, 28, was the first Indian American and South Asian to win the Miss America beauty pagent and she is also the host and producer of the new weekly reality show, “Made In America,” which premiered on ZeeTV Americas in North America, earlier this month.

Davuluri, along with all of the other judges, will evaluate the contestants’ performances in lifestyle and fitness, evening wear, talent, interview and on-stage questions during the competition.

The seventh judge will be revealed closer to the competition at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

Fifty-one contestants will compete for the title of Miss America 2018, one from each state including Washington D.C. However, Puerto Rico will not be participating this year.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bandi VijayaKumar President and CEO HCL Technologies

Bandi C Vijaykumar leads HCL Technologies a USD 7 billion global IT services company. and a team of over 115,000+ professionals in 32 countries helping customers reimagine their businesses as a 21st Century Enterprise with technology at the core. Driving growth and transformation in an age of connected assets and connected experiences, Vijay is responsible for devising a robust strategy, overseeing meticulous execution and guiding enduring partnerships.

Vijay joined HCL Technologies in 1994 as a member of the core team that designed and implemented India’s first ever fully automated trading network at the National Stock Exchange. With a strategic vision and global outlook, he relentlessly reinvented himself to emerge as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and deftly navigate the shifting industry landscape.

Most recently, as Chief Operating Officer, he led the company’s strategy to leverage the transformative nexus of forces like Digitalization, Internet of Things, Cloud, Cyber-security and Artificial Intelligence. His Mode 1-2-3 Strategy today serves as the company’s blueprint for serving IT needs of the 21st Century Enterprise.

Previously, as President of HCL’s Infrastructure Services Business, he led its exponential growth and market dominance over the years leading up to a contribution of 40% to HCL’s revenues today. As part of the founding team of its wholly owned subsidiary HCL Comnet, he played an instrumental role in building the Remote Infrastructure Management value proposition which is today a multi-billion-dollar market. Over the years, Vijay has held several Technology, Business & Operational leadership positions at HCL and is widely recognized in the industry for his strategic thinking and impeccable execution. He is currently a member of Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council and is on the Steward Board of World Economic Forum’s Strategic Initiative on ‘Future of Education, Gender and Work’.

Vijay is deeply invested in promoting sustainable business practices in the communities where HCL operates in, with an emphasis on advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning for the youth and is also a passionate champion of the Diversity and Gender empowerment agenda.

Known for his hands-on approach, diligence, and deep connect with his teams and the clients, Vijay’s leadership style has been commended in the business bestseller ‘Blueprint to a billion: 7 essentials to achieve exponential growth’ by renowned management guru David G. Thomson.

Vijay was born in Coimbatore in the state of Tamil Nadu in India.  Vijay is a graduate in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from P.S.G. College of Technology, Tamil Nadu, India. He is currently based out of New York City and Cary, North Carolina in United States. Vijay is married and has one daughter.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Big break for ballet dancer Ranvitha Chaparala

THE National Youth Ballet of Great Britain has selected Ranvitha Chaparala from Altrincham Grammar School for Girls to join the cast in their 30th Anniversary production, Time in Motion.

Ranvitha Chaparala, who will shortly join Year 8, is spending the second half of August rehearsing at the Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham before performances at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham and Sadler’s Wells in London.

Time in Motion features seven short ballets linked together, with traditional and contemporary works set to music by composers such as Saint-Saens, Delibes and Britten.

THE National Youth Ballet of Great Britain has selected a student from Altrincham Grammar School for Girls to join the cast in their 30th Anniversary production, Time in Motion.

Ranvitha Chaparala, who will shortly join Year 8, is spending the second half of August rehearsing at the Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham before performances at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham and Sadler’s Wells in London.

Time in Motion features seven short ballets linked together, with traditional and contemporary works set to music by composers such as Saint-Saens, Delibes and Britten.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Saketh Myneni and Vennam Jyothi Surekha conferred with Arjuna award 2017

As many as 17 sports personalities were honoured with the 2017 Arjuna awards including Tennis player Saketh Myneni and Archery player Vennam Jyothi Surekha.

Selection Committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Pullela Gopichand.

The awardees will receive their awards from President Ram Nath Kovind at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29.

Apart from a medal and a citation, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will received statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh each.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Apex Frozen Foods IPO to launch on 22 August

The Apex Frozen Foods IPO will see a fresh issue of 7.25 million shares at a price band of Rs171-175 apiece

Mumbai: Aquaculture company Apex Frozen Foods Ltd Wednesday said it will open its initial public offering (IPO) on 22 August.

At the upper end of its price band of Rs171-175, the share sale will be worth approximately Rs152 crore. The IPO will close on 24 August.

The IPO will see a fresh issue of 7.25 million shares, which at the upper end of the price band will fetch the company approximately Rs126 crore. The proceeds will be used to set up a new shrimp processing unit with a capacity of around 20,000 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in Andhra Pradesh.

Karuturi Satyanarayana Murthy, chairman of the company, will sell 1.45 million shares in an offer for sale. At the upper end of the price band, the share sale will fetch the promoter Rs25 crore.

Karvy Investor Services Ltd is managing the share sale.

Apex, established in 1997, is an integrated producer and exporter of shelf stable and ready-to-cook products to a diversified customer base consisting of food companies, retail chains, restaurants, club stores and distributors across the US, UK and European countries. The company sells aquaculture products under three brands, namely, Bay Fresh, Bay Harvest and Bay Premium.

“We are a hundred percent export-oriented company, with the US accounting for 82%, and the UK and European countries accounting for 17.8% of the total sales,” said Karuturi Subrahmanya Chowdary, executive director, Apex.

According to the management, the company’s total revenue has grown from around Rs255 crore in fiscal 2013 to Rs710 crore in fiscal 2017, at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29%. The company’s net profit has increased from Rs9 crore in fiscal 2013 to Rs24 crore in fiscal 2017, at a CAGR of 26%.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Saketh Myneni return in India's Davis Cup Squad

Top singles player Yuki Bhambri has returned to the Indian Davis Cup team together with Saketh Myneni. However, the competent Leander Paes has been chucked out from the squad for the tie against Canada next month.

Both Bhambri, who in recent times triumphed over world number 22 Gael Monfils, and Myneni were not able to be present in the Uzbekistan tie in Bengaluru as a result of their respective injuries. Other than Bhambri and Myneni, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Rohan Bopanna have been retained in the squad which is going to be captained by Mahesh Bhupathi.

The reserves slots were filled by Prajnesh Gunneswaran and N Sriram Balaji.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Pentela Harikrishna finishes 3rd in the Biel Chess Festival

Biel Chess Festival: Pentela Harikrishna's 3rd place finish no mean feat, but errors at crucial moments still a bane

The Grand Master tournament of the Biel Chess Festival featured an eclectic field of participants in its Golden Jubilee edition. In the mix were names like the Czech number one, David Navara; former FIDE world champion, Ruslan Ponomariov; and world’s highest rated woman player, Hou Yifan. India’s frontman at the event was the Guntur-born Grand Master, Pentala Harikrishna.

Harikrishna had put up a reasonably good show in his last tournament, the Geneva Grand Prix, only to falter at the later stages. In Biel too, he did not fail to impress. The Indian ace was on an unbeaten run, having won three and drawn five of his eight games, and was leading the tournament with Hou Yifan after the penultimate round.

However, just like in Geneva, Harikrishna fumbled at a crucial moment in the tournament and missed out on winning the title prize. In the final round, he failed yet again to convert his tournament lead into a title prize as he blundered right out of the opening and suffered his only loss of the tournament against Etienne Bacrot.

When the curtain rose, Harikrishna was seen struggling against much lower rated opposition. In the first two rounds, he drew against two lower rated opponents - Rafael Vaganian and Nico Georgidias. It was not the best of starts, but Harikrishna compensated for it with a brilliant game in the third round against Alexander Morozevich. The latter is known to be one of the most original thinkers in the modern era of chess. Even the greats of the game have great respect for him. To match such a player in calculation and complicated moves was a great effort by Harikrishna. Although the game ended in a draw, one could already sense that Harikrishna was coming back in form. After the game, the tournament’s official commentator, Grand Master Daniel King said, “Although Harikrishna has had three draws so far, if he shows that kind of calculating form, I think we could be seeing him storming through in the tournament.”

And boy, was he right! In his very next game, Harikrishna demolished the Norwegian International Master Noel Studer in round four and Hou Yifan in the sixth round. This was Hou’s only loss of the tournament. With a win in the penultimate round against Ponomariov, Harikrishna made sure that he had a shot at the title and was leading the tournament with Hou going into the final round.

The stage was set. This was Harikrishna’s chance to not only win the title but also finish with an undefeated score at such a high profile tournament. He was paired against the Frenchman, Bacrot. Harikrishna had white pieces. He put faith in the Italian System yet again. Of course, it is a strong opening and white generally gets a small but stable advantage by playing it.

More importantly, Harikrishna had played this opening before on several occasions. Maybe it just wasn’t Harikrishna’s day. Right after the opening phase of the game was over, on move 21, he made an inexplicable blunder and lost his game. On the other hand, his rival, Hou, made the most of her opponent’s inaccuracies and won her game in style and became the champion of Biel Chess 2017. Harikrishna’s opponent, Bacrot, who was a point behind him before the round, also jumped past Harikrishna by half-a-point and took the second place while the Indian ace had to be content with the third place.

Third place is by no means a bad result. But given that he had the chance to grab the title; it is unfortunate that Harikrishna had to miss out on winning such a prestigious event. While beating Levon Aronian was sheer genius in the Geneva Grand Prix, losing to Li Chao only shows that Harikrishna is still unable to provide a clean and flawless tournament.

Within less than a month’s time, he will be playing at the Chess World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia where players like Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand have confirmed their entries. With his performances in Geneva and Biel, Harikrishna has more than proved his capability to take on the best in the world. But it is also seen that he can falter at crucial moments.

Harikrishna currently has a rating of 2741 and is ranked 22 in the world. In December 2016, he had reached a career high Elo of 2770 and was world number eleven. Since the last eight months, he has lost 30 Elo points. Losing and gaining Elo is quite common in chess, however, 30 Elo points is a significant amount of rating and the very fact that Harikrishna has not been able to maintain his Elo at the 2770 mark shows that he is yet to stabilise among the world's top ten.

The natural question on the mind of every Indian chess fan is whether Harikrishna can ever take the spot of Anand as the best Indian chess player. Age is on his side. Harikrishna is 31 years old while Anand will turn 48 this December. However, the consistency is still missing in Harikrishna’s game. Currently he is going through the phase of gaining exposure of playing against the best players in the world regularly. The India number two has just played 20 games against 2800+ opponents in his career. Compare this to Anand who has played well over 200 duels against the best in the world, and the difference between the two becomes clear.

If Harikrishna keeps getting regular invitations to the top tournaments, and he keeps weeding out errors from his game, there is absolutely no reason why he shouldn’t be giving the Carlsens, Aronians, and Fabiano Caruanas a run for their money. For many players who are stuck in the 2680-2700 zone, Harikrishna is an inspiration. The way he jumped from 2700 to 2770 and broke into top ten of the player rankings is displays his genius. We only have to now see whether he can take the final leap of breaking into the 2800 Elo zone. It’s not going to be easy, but one can be sure that Harikrishna has it in him to push his limits.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

International award for Chukkapalli's CSR initiative

Hyderabad based Phoenix Group’s ‘Vaikunta Mahaprasthanam’ received the ‘Smart CSR Initiative’ Award at the CMO Asia Awards 2017 recently. The ceremony was held in Singapore in which Nilesh Jani, director received the award from Ned Mody, MD of Berkshire Hathaway’s Berkadia Group.

The Smart City initiative is Asia’s highest recognition of corporate organisations engaged in CSR activities from amongst 40 countries within Asia.

“Vaikunta Mahaprasthanam" is a CSR initiative of upgrading and modernising crematoria, which is inspired by the central government’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. Phoenix Foundation conceived and has implemented number of such initiatives and is now committed to do more across India,” said a statement from the organisation.

Suresh Chukkapalli – Chairman of Phoenix Group said, “This prestigious award is another testimonial to our aspirations and continuing commitment to give back to the society.It is our mission to provide dignity to the departed souls and solace to their loved ones in the time of grief by ensuring peaceful and decent cremation services.

“I want to thank GHMC and the public for their patronage and unequivocal support. This encourages us to do more good work,” he said. Chukkapalli urged corporate houses, city planners, architects, governments of other States and municipal bodies to come forward and take up this mission in their respective regions.

Sravya Kalyanapu wins People's Choice Award in Miss World Canada Pageant

Sravya Kalyanapu was well represented at the Miss World Canada Pageant.

Miss Northern Alberta, Srayva Kalyanapu, finished in the top 15 of the competition.

This was her first national pageant as she entered hoping to come in the top 20, never expecting to top her expectation.

Kalyanapu tells Mix News the whole experience was “unexpected”, “adventurous,” and exhausting.

“It was a lot of work, there was a lot of days where we do almost 16 hours of walking around but it was really fun meeting all the girls.”

The pagaent featured over 50 women from across Canada.

Besides finishing in the top 15, Sravya Kalyanapu was also presented with the People’s Choice Award, given to the contestant the public believed would best represent Canada on the international stage.

“I felt very honoured, grateful and very, very thankful that all these people voted for me, very happy, surprised, but happy.”

However, she notes this award made her overall finish a little disappointing.

“I thought this would be a great platform to talk about my views, my opinions, bring light on important issues like education so I was a little disappointed I didn’t have the opportunity to use that platform to spread my message out.”

Kalyanapu is currently an engineering student at the University of Alberta. She plans on taking a break from the pageant lifestyle to focus on her studies.

“We are so, so fortunate to live in a nation like Canada where women have all these amazing opportunities to build ourselves an amazing future.”

Monday, August 7, 2017

Kamma men and women All India Tennis rankings

Men’s Singles rankings
Sriram Balaji – 4
Saketh Myneni – 7

Rithvik Chowdary Bollipalli – 3 (Under -16)
Rithvik Chowdary Bollipalli – 7 (Under -18)

Women’s Singles rankings
Pranjala Yadlapalli - 7
Rishika Sunkara - 15

Venkaiah Naidu elected 13th Vice-President of India

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu became the 13th Vice President of India. While Naidu secured 516 votes in his favour, Gandhi managed to get only 244 votes.

NDA nominee and former Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu was elected as the 13th Vice President of India after comfortably defeating Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi in the Vice-Presidential election on Saturday. While Naidu secured 516 votes in his favour, Gandhi managed to get only 244 votes. Reflecting on his thumping win, Naidu said, “I am very humbled. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support.”

Over 98 percent voting was recorded in the vice-presidential election. 771 out of 785 MPs have voted in the election, however 11 votes were found to be invalid, said Assistant returning officer Mukul Pandey.

“Coming from an agricultural background, I never imagined I would be here. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity,” India’s vice president-elect said after being elected. “I will seek to utilise the vice presidential institution to strengthen the hands of the president and secondly uphold the dignity of the Upper House,” Venkaiah Naidu added.


$125,000 Challenger men, Chengdu, China in the doubles final N Sriram Balaji & Vishnu Vardhan bt Cheng-Peng Hsieh & Hsien-Yin Peng (Tpe) 6-3, 6-4.

Another title for Bala-Vishnu on Challenger level after the Fergana ATP Challenger in addition to the six ITF Futures they won this season

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Pranjala Yadlapalli emerge runner-up in ITF tennis tournament

Yadlapalli Pranjala and partner Momkoonthod of Thailand emerged runners-up in the doubles section after suffering a 0-6, 6-7 (5-7) loss at the hand s of local duo of Gamulya Beatrice and Rompies Jessy in the summit clash of the ITF Women’s $15000 Nonthaburi tennis tournament at the National Tennis Development Center (LTAT), Pak-Kred district in Nonthaburi, Thailand on Friday.

Meanwhile in the in the singles category semi finals it turned out to be a disappointing outing for Pranjala Yadlapalli  as went down to second seed to Kaji Haruka of Japan 3-6, 3-6.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Jairam Varadaraj on making ELGi Equipment world No 2

With his eyes on the Indian air compressor market, managing director of India’s leading air compressor manufacturer, ELGi Equipments, talks about making his company world number two. In a conversation with Sushila Ravindranath, he discusses the company’s expansion plan and adapting the business to digital era and Internet of Things.

Jairam Varadaraj, managing director, Coimbatore-based ELGi Equipments, India’s leading air compressor manufacturer, wants to make his company world number two in the global market by 2027. He hopes to achieve a revenue of $1-billion in the next five years to do that. The current turnover is $238 million. The company has undergone a new brand identity with a new logo and colour scheme for its entire product range, which was unveiled a few weeks ago. The new colours are red and black, replacing the old orange and grey. “Red stands for performance, passion and energy. Black is bold and helps establish a clear brand world,”

Varadaraj says.

ELGi Equipments was established in 1960 as an air compressor and garage equipment manufacturing company. Over the years, the company has grown its product portfolio to suit changing market requirements.

Today, ELGi Equipments is a multi-product, multi-market enterprise that provides total compressed air solutions in all segments and automotive service equipment for garages. It has three manufacturing units, all three located abroad, business presence across more than 70 countries, and direct presence in 18 countries. It makes more than 400 compressed air systems and employs 1,200 people.

Varadaraj is visiting Chennai and has had a series of meetings, promoting the new logo among other things, in Crown Plaza. We meet for coffee and sandwiches at the Cappuccino, the hotel’s coffee shop late afternoon. We ask for strong south Indian coffee to start with. I ask him where his company stands in the global rankings now. “We are number 7,” he says. “50% of our sales come from outside the country. Local business after the slowdown is showing signs of recovery. Large projects seem dead, but incremental investments are taking place. There was the shock of demonetisation. Everybody paused. Now there is GST. We have moved from one complicated tax regime to another. We don’t know how it will be tamed. There are disconnects. Are we ready in a real sense? There are gaps in so many good schemes. We are an incomplete nation. In spite, we can muddle along being a strong Indian company.”

Our coffee arrives. We ask for assorted sandwiches. Varadaraj explains what global leadership means to him. “To become a global leader is a different ball game. You have to acquire enterprise leadership as the Japanese did in the 1970’s and the South Koreans in the 1980’s and 1990’s. It takes time to become an enterprise leader. You have to have enormous perseverance. You need your leaders to be sitting in the countries you are establishing your business.”

In every country Toyota operates, the top man is Japanese. So it is with South Korean Hyundai. Perseverance requires big investment. When I was working on my PhD at the University of Michigan, many of the South Korean MBA students, who were there that time, came to India later to set up new companies.”

As our sandwiches arrive Varadaraj tells me that India has not really built a global company yet. “Global scale is different from being global. We have to decide whether we are strategic investors or portfolio investors. We really don’t have that kind of thinking in India. The company that has become closest to becoming global is M&M. I feel happy when I see their tractors on the fields when I travel in the US.”

Why is Varadaraj confident of ELGi Equipments becoming number two in the world? He tells me that the company has been working towards it. “We are not a known brand. ‘Made in India’ does not exactly take you places. We can’t capture markets by price alone. There has to be a value proposition that is superior. We need to provide quality which is better than others. The warranty on our machines is the best. We back up our warranty with good quality proposals. Then comes service. The service you provide signals permanency. You can’t sell a machine and disappear. You also have to look at being technologically the best. That gives you the right to win.”

Air compressors have to go through discontinuous innovations. These cause a paradigm shift in the technology and the market structure of an industry. It is a new technology applied to solve an existing need in a new way. “We are developing oil free compressors for different applications. In the customer’s mind this looks like an expensive product.

We connect the dots; develop an oil free compressor for which you do not have to pay more. Air compressors account for 10% of energy consumed in the world. We are working on reducing that”.
ELGi Equipments is investing in breakthrough technologies. “Some of the products are two years away, but solid. Information Technology is morphing at a very fast pace.

We are working at adapting ourselves at the same speed to digital technology, Internet of Things. We won’t be left behind. There is ample opportunity to partner with specialist companies.

Varadaraj’s major worry is about the availability of skills. “We can create the processes, but how can we create people. This is a source of concern. Research and education institutions are regressing in our country. We don’t invest in teachers. We are relying on the native intelligence of our youngsters to excel. I send  people out to get training. We conduct a lot of internal programmes. We are putting a lot of building blocks together”.

We are being served some tempting tiny pastries. I pick up a black chocolate cake and ask him why he needs to re-launch his brand. Air compressor is a utility in a factory like electricity. Literally, every factory need needs compressed air, and therefore a compressor.

Do they require brand building? Varadaraj answers. “We are a business to business brand. Conventional brand building methods are not relevant to us. Brand is built by the customer’s experience. Visual representation of the brand provides familiarisation. We have just launched a visual experience.”

The company has just created a branding project with an emotional dimension which also reflects the company’s competence.” We are experts in air. Can we make the national flag fly all the time in Delhi’s Connaught Place?

Even the White House flag does not fly all the time. Can you imagine the Indian flag flying doing that at the Wagah border? We have made the flag fly in our factory with low energy sustainable compressor. We are converting that technology to fit into any flag pole.

As Varadaraj is finishing his coffee, I ask him why he will not think of diversifying. “Indian air compressor market is worth $600 million and the global $15 billion. Both are growing fast. Why would we focus on anything else?”

Dr. Rao VSV Vadlamudi elected president of Commonwealth Pharmacists Association

Dr. Rao VSV Vadlamudi, president, Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA), has been elected as president of Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) for the year 2017 – 19 at CPA Conference held at Hyatt Regency, Sydney, Australia from July 28 – 30, 2017. 

He is the second Indian professional to be elected as CPA president after a gap of 30 years. The first CPA President from India was late Dr. J.N. Banerjee during the period 1982 – 1987. The UK-based CPA is an organization of Commonwealth professional pharmaceutical bodies and individual members with an objective to empowering pharmacists to improve health and well being throughout the Commonwealth.

Dr Vadlamudi has been President of IPA, from 2014 and will continue till 2018.  During this period, he ably led the Association in organizing hugely successful international and national events including the 61st International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) World Congress in 2015. During this period, he also initiated advocacy exercises with the Indian government, pushing forth policy inputs and documents, furthering the cause of pharmacists and pharmacy profession in the country. 

Under his tutelage, in December 2016, IPA went on to organize another hugely successful mega event, the Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) that witnessed participation of over 10,000 national and international delegates. His active partnering with leaders of international organizations like FIP, FAPA and WHPA has helped him espouse some of the raging health care issues including tackling Antimicrobial Resistance and Campaign against Drug Counterfeiting globally. An academician and an eminent scientist with impeccable knowledge base, Dr. Rao Vadlamudi has also had a stint with the industry where he has led senior scientists for drug discovery programs in companies like Hoechst India Ltd (Sanofi) and Nektar Therapeutics India Limited.