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.

N.SRIRAM BALAJI CLINCHES CHENGDU CHALLENGER DOUBLES TITLE

$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.

Arjuna awards for Saketh Myneni and Jyoti Surekha Vennam


There was good news for Andhra Pradesh as tennis player Saketh Myneni and archer Jyoti Surekha Vennam made the Arjuna Awards list that comprises 17 sportspersons. Saketh is currently ranked World No.438 and is playing at an ATP Challenger Tour event in China.

The 29-year-old was born in Vuyyuru town in Krishna district but grew up in Vizag. On the other hand, 20-year-old Surekha has represented India in many national and international events across the world. Her father Surendra was understandably overjoyed. “My daughter has made our family and the city proud,” he said in Vijayawada.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

List of Kamma IAS officers updated (79)

Kamma IAS officers (Past and Present)

1. Velagapudi Ramakrishna - ICS
2. Srinivasan (Father of Ex.Minister Y.Sita Devi) - ICS
3. Narne Venkataswamy Naidu
4. Padmasri Challagulla Narasimham
5. V. Adiseshayya
6. Mothukuri Kotaiah
7. Kanumilli Subba Rao
8. B.N.Yugandhar
9. Paidi Lakshmi Sanjeeva Reddi
10. Polavaram Vanamali
11. Tummala Ramamohana Rao
12. Nagabhairava Jayaprakash Narayan
13. Muddana Sambasiva rao
14. A.Vanajakshi
15. Kantipudi Padmanabhaiah
16. Dandamudi Venkata Rayudu
17. Mikkilineni Vinayaka Rao
18. Kaja Rathna Kishore
19. Kamineni suryanarayana
20. Movva Tirumala Krishna Babu
21. Kakarla Usha
22. Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar
23. Patibandla Ashok Babu
24. Katamaneni Bhaskar
25. Muddana Ravichandra
26. Mukkamala.G.Gopal
27. Bollineni Rajagopal Naidu
28. Ganta Ramesh Kumar
30. Adusumilli Rajmouli
31. Jujjuvarapu Balaji
32. Kakumanu Sivaprasad
33. Ravella Vineel Krishna
34. Maddineni Tulasi
35. Vemuri.Usha Rani
36. G.Sai Prasad
37. Gogineni Latha Krishna Rao
38. Gogineni Krishna Rao
39. T.M.Vijaya Bhaskar
40. K.Damayanthi
41. J.Sudha Rani
42. M.Subrahmanyam
43. Suryadevara R.Rao
44. P.Raghavendra Rao
45. Atluri Koteswara Rao
46. S Pradeep Kumar Naidu
47. Ancha Ayyeswara Rao
48. Dr.Dondapati Sambasiva Rao
49. Velamati Meenakshi Manohara Prasad
50. K.Lakshminarayana
51. Adapa Karthik (All India Topper 2007)
52. J.Satyanarayana
53. D.Ramaiah
54. Haribandi Venugopal
55. Gudipudi Srinivasa Rao
56. Sakhamuri Chandrasekhar
57. Kolasani Subbaiah Chowdary
58. Jaikar Jorum (Karnataka)
59. Dr.P.Umanath (Tamilnadu)
60. S.Ramakrishnan (Tamilnadu)
61. S.Lakshminaryanan (Tamilnadu)
62. Varadarajan (Tamilnadu)
63. V.K.Subburaj (Tamilnadu)
64. M.Raja Ram (Tamilnadu)
65. P.Vasavi (Tamilnadu)
66. J.Radhakrishnan (Tamilnadu)
67. R.Varadarajulu (Tamilnadu)
68. Dr B. V. R. C. Purushotham. (Tamilnadu)
69. Nammalvar (Tamilnadu)
70. M. Ramaswamy (Tamilnadu)
71. Dr.B.Chandramouli (Tamilnadu)
72. Malepati Pawan Kumar
73. Cherukuri Sridhar
74. Vasireddi Vijaya Jyothsna (Karnataka cader)
75. K.V.Ramana (Collector - Kadapa)
78. Gowtham Potru
79. Lakshmi Bhavya Tanneru

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ravi Adusumalli - India’s most-successful tech investor you haven’t heard of

Securing the single-largest investment cheque in India’s digital landscape — for $1.4 billion — called for a celebration. It may have been too early yet for Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma to say how he would put the money to use but he was certain about whom he would raise a toast with.
“I will celebrate with Ravi,” a jetlagged Sharma said two weeks before announcing the funding from Japan’s SoftBank in May. The investment made Paytm second-most valued digital company in India with an estimated worth of about $7 billion and Sharma the country’s wealthiest internet entrepreneur.

That’s Ravi Adusumalli—India’s most-successful tech investor.

As managing partner at SAIF Partners, the reticent Adusumalli has often struck gold. The venture capital firm’s total $70 million investment in Paytm is now estimated to be worth about $1.5 billion. SAIF also earned more than $300 million selling a part of its stake in Paytm to SoftBank.

Another big payout for Adusumalli came from India’s largest online travel agency Makemytrip, in which SAIF had invested about $25 million. The firm sold its entire investment in the Deep Kalra-promoted company this year, earning nearly $400 million.

The stake sales in Makemytrip and Paytm make for the largest cash exits in the relatively short history of India’s venture capital industry. SAIF currently manages two India dedicated funds, with total capital invested in the country pegged at about $1 billion.

“If there is somebody who has made money in India (from startups) it is Ravi,” said Parag Dhol, director at venture capital firm Inventus Capital. “He has shown good timing in backing companies at a very early stage.”
Those who know Adusumalli, who is in his early forties, describe him as a no-nonsense straightshooter who inspires both respect and fear from peers as well as entrepreneurs.
Adusumalli graduated from Cornell University in 1998 with a degree in economics. Following that, he worked at Wasatch Funds and Credit Suisse First Boston and was then associate partner with Mobius Venture Capital, a $1.25-billion early-stage venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. He joined SAIF Partners in 2002.

Among his early successes was an investment in brokerage IL&FS Investsmart, which HSBC acquired in 2008. That earned Adusumalli a spot in the Forbes Midas list of top investors in 2008. The previous year, he led SAIF’s investment in the National Stock Exchange and has been pushing the bourse’s management towards an initial public offering of its shares.

Adusumalli has also led investments in local classifieds firm Just Dial, realty website Proptiger and online baby products retailer Firstcry. To be sure, not all his investment decisions have been successful, such as in apparel brand Zovi, television shopping firm Homeshop18 and online video aggregator iStream.

Since the turn of this decade, Adusumalli has focused on consumer internet companies, leveraging the experience of SAIF Partners’ affiliate in China.

What has allowed Adusumalli to keep a low profile is that he lives near Salt Lake City in Utah, United States, where he went to high school, away from the Indian startup ecosystem’s glare on Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Silicon Valley. He travels to India every 4-6 weeks, typically to attend board meetings and meet new startups.


Those who know Adusumalli believe he has only gained from staying away from the hubs of startup activity. “He understands the difference between noise and signal,” one of them said. According to two entrepreneurs ET spoke with, Adusumalli’s advice to startup founders mostly has to do with strategy, top-level hiring and controlling cash burn rates. He does not delve on operational nittygritties, an area where he doesn’t have much experience. “His advice to founders typically revolves around high-level strategy and he doesn’t interfere in the day-to-day operations,” said one of these entrepreneurs, who has worked with Adusumalli.