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Aneesh Kodali selected for North Carolina Tennis Association Award

Aneesh Kodali will receive a 2010 Spirit Award by North Carolina Tennis Association . This award is given annually to a volunteer or a staff member who exemplifies extraordinary spirit and dedication toward growing the game of tennis in North Carolina. Kodali has organized and run tennis camps for children who might not otherwise get the opportunity to play tennis. He began Kids-for-Kids tennis camps in Wake County in 2008 offering free lessons, a tennis racket and a can of balls to all who registered. He expanded the camps in 2009, and registered more than 150 students.

Nava Bharat Singapore Acquires 65% Stake In Maamba Collieries

Hyderabad: Nava Bharat (Singapore) Pte Ltd (Ashok Devineni, chairman), a subsidiary of Nava Bharat Ventures Ltd, has signed a share sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with the Zambian government through the minister of finance and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investments Holding Plc (ZCCM-IH) for acquiring 65% stake in Maamba Collieries Ltd (MCL). The acquisition entails that the initial cost of acquisition of about $26 million (approximately Rs 121.68 crore) by Nava Bharat be paid upon completion. ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM-IH) is a Zambia-based investments holdings company. The majority of the company’s investments are held in the copper mining sector of Zambia. In January 2008, the government of Zambia transferred its 100% stake in MCL to ZCCM-IH. As a result, ZCCM-IH controls the Maamba coal mine, which supplies coal to Mopani copper mines and Konkola copper mines in Zambia. The acquisition was made pursuant to the selection of Nava Bharat against a global tender

Middle East Coal to invest $1.4 bn in Indonesia

MUMBAI: It could soon become a model to emulate for companies wanting to export minerals from Indoa. Singapore-based, India-oriented Middle East Coal (Madhu Koneru Vice Chairman) , which owns coal mines in Indonesia, will invest $1.4 bn (about Rs 5,600 crore) in the SouthEast Asian country, as part of its deal, to mine coal and ship it to Indian power producers. Middle East Coal has assured the Indonesian government to spend a fifth of the coal it mines in Indonesia itself, besides building infrastructure, in return for shipping coal from its mines in the Kalimantan province that are estimated to hold reserves of more than 2 billion tonnes. This development may be closely watched by India for adopting to its iron ore policy — India has abundant reserves of the ore, while Indonesia is rich in coal — as the Indian government is currently in a bind on the issue of ore exports. While homegrown steel companies such as Tata Steel, SAIL, JSW Steel have been vociferous in limiting iron

Katta Subramanya Naidu turns actor

Karnataka Information Technology and Biotechnology Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu will be seen on the silver screen for the first time in cameraman-turned-director Ashok Kashyap’s 'Lift Kodla', a remake of Telugu super hit 'Mee Shreyobhilashi'. Subramanya Naidu plays the Home Minister in Lift Kodla. He agreed to do the role at the behest of his friend Jaggesh, the hero of the movie. "It is my friend Jaggesh who insisted that I do this role. I agreed and all the shooting was completed within hours. I’m now eager to see the film. I hope I won’t prove to be a bad actor," the minister told reporters in Bangalore.

Kammas Customs and Traditions before 1915 (Madras Presidency)

Kamma Writing collectively concerning the Kammas, Kapus or Reddis, Velamas, and Telagas, Mr.W.Francis states that " all four of these large castes closely resemble one another in appearance and customs, and seem to have branched off from one and the same Dravidian stock. Originally soldiers by profession, they are now mainly agriculturists and traders, and some of them in the north are zamindars (land-owners). The Razus, who now claim to be Kshatriyas, were probably descended from Kapus, Kammas, and Velamas. The Kammas and Kapus of the Madura and Tinnevelly districts seem to have followed the Vijayanagar army south, and settled in these districts when the Nayak Governors were established there. Their women are less strict in their deportment than those of the same castes further north, the latter of whom are very careful of their reputations, and, in the case of one section of the Kammas, are actually gosha (kept in seclusion) like Musalmanis." The word Kamma

Dronavalli Harika wins National Women chess title

Chennai: Dec 12 Top Seed International Master Dronavalli Harika of Andhra Pradesh proved her supremacy when she won her maiden title in the 36th National Women Premier Chess Championship here today. Harika drew her game against WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy to take the top honours with 8.5 points. In the 11th and final round today, WGM Meenakshi, who was in the sole lead till the penultimate round, was facing WGM Mary Ann Gomes with the white pieces. As her tiebreak score was low, Meenakshi had to win to have a sniff of the championship title. From an English opening, she threw caution to the winds and went for an allout attack against Mary's king, weakening her own king in the process. Mary was quick to get her own counterattack going and Meenakshi lost her way to lose the game in 35 moves facing inevitable mate.

Michigan State Medical Society honors Dr.Mukkamala couple

EAST LANSING, Michigan — The Michigan State Medical Society has honored Drs. AppaRao Mukkamala, chair of radiology at Hurley Medical Center, and wife Dr. Sumathi Mukkamala, a retired pediatrician, with Community Service Awards for volunteerism. The couple are being honored for their continuing efforts to improve medical conditions and the general welfare of people in their native India. Sumathi Mukkamala founded the Chinmaya Vijaya Orphanage in the coastal farming district of Andhra Pradesh, where she spends eight months each year working with 50 young girls who have been given a permanent home and education through the orphanage. AppaRao Mukkamala was the primary creator of the NRI Medical Center and Medical School in Andhra Pradesh, where nearly 100,000 inpatients and 1.2 million outpatients have received low-cost care for everything from cataracts to coronary bypass. The medical school accepts 150 young men and women each year to its program rated among the best in India. The

Dr.Suresh Koneru Named Texas Super Doctor for Third Year in a Row

Dr. Suresh Koneru, a San Antonio-based plastic surgeon, has been named a Texas Super Doctor for the third year in a row. December 7, 2009 -- Dr. Suresh Koneru, a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Antonio, Texas, has been named as a Texas Super Doctor for the third year in a row by “Texas Monthly” magazine. The doctor joins a list of highly respected physicians across the state to have earned such an honor. “Once again, I am humbled to be placed in this group. It is an honor to be included and recognized,” said Dr. Suresh Koneru, of Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery. “It is always nice to be recognized for what you do. I love what I do, and this confirms that others do, as well. It is especially gratifying that my peers feel the same way.” In addition, Dr. Koneru has been named by “Scene in S.A.” magazine as one of the Top Doctors for 2009. In 2007, 2008 and again this year, he has made the “Texas Monthly” magazine list through a process that involves surveying med

BITS Pilani Final Year Student Harsha Mandava attends Princeton Business Today International Conference

Proud to be BITSian Harsha Vardhan Mandava takes inspiration from Bill Drayton quote "Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry." BITS - Pilani – Business Today is run entirely by undergraduates at Princeton University as an independent, non-profit foundation. The International Conference held in New York City each year takes approximately one out of every ten students who apply worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Steve Forbes, Michael Mims, and Jonathan Perel during their undergraduate years at Princeton University, Business Today which started as a magazine featuring student-written articles, executive-written articles, and executive interviews presently includes Online Journal, Conference, and Seminar Series programs, all with the aim of bridging the gap between students and executives. Keeping in mind the collapse of the housing bubble followed by the credit crisis

Gutta Jwala-Diju beaten in World Super Series final

Johor Bahru(Malaysia), Dec 6: Indian mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju suffered a straight-game defeat at the hands of top seeded Danish duo of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in the summit clash of the World Super Series Masters Finals here today. Seventh seeded Jwala and Diju, who have been having an eventful season with two titles, lost 14-21, 18-21 in just 37 minutes. The Indian duo who surprised many to reach the final of the season-ending tournament lacked consistency in smashes and long rallies though it was an even contest in net play.