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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Round Table meet - AP Information commission -Activists role

Right To Infornation (RTI) activists from Visakhpatnam have demanded the delay in the appointment of Information Commissioners by the State government at a round table on "Issue of appointment of RTI Commissioners-responsibility of RTI Activists", organised by the Public Forum and Samalochana here on Friday. RTI activists from Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, East Godavari and Kadapa districts attended the meeting. Public Forum president Kandregula Venkataramana condemned the utter disregard of the State government to the directions of the High Court passed in September last year, asking it to appoint Information Commissioners. It was unfortunate that the governments, which were spending huge amounts of money for self promotion, were allocating peanuts for implementation of the RTI Act. The District Collectors should organise periodic reviews to monitor RTI implementation in their role as District Coordinators. NCPRI Working Committee member Chakradhar Buddha alleged that the RTI applicants were being ill-treated by the officials and they were not responding to RTI applications as Information Commission was non-functional. He said it was unfortunate that the State, which was number 1 in the implementation of RTI in 2013 had slipped to the last place. The meeting decided to organise post cards campaigns, signature campaigns, visit to Information Commission and public hearing to exert pressure on the government for appointment of Information Commissioners.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sports facilities initiated at Railway Indoor Sports Enclave (RISE)

East Coast Railway Sports Association, Waltair augmented facilities at the Railway Indoor Sports Enclave (RISE). There is lot of demand for the slots to play at RISE for Badminton and other indoor games. For the orderly management of entry and exit of players who intended to play at RISE, ECoRSA took initiative to introduce Bio-metric attendance. Divisional Railway Manager Shri Mukul Saran Mathur inaugurated the digital machine in august presence of ADRM Shri K.Dhanunjeya Rao, Asst. Sports Officers Shri Ch.Vishnu Murty and Shri Shiva Harsha and other dignitaries and sports personnel. Further ensure relaxation to sports persons a specially designed sports lounge at Railway Stadium was commissioned by DRM Shri Mukul Saran Mathur. It is a place where sports persons can socialize while watching the latest televised sports events or by reading success stories of veteran players. The objective is to impart social culture as well as spirit of success. The 11th DRM cup Boxing Championship conducted by ECoRSA concluded. More than 200 participants took part in 21 weight categories. DRM Shri Mathur presented trophies to winners and runners of the DRM cup Boxing championship. The closing ceremony was witnessed by ADRM Shri Dhanunjeya Rao, Dronacharya Awardee Shri I.Venkateswara Rao, Olympian Shri MV Manikyalu, District Boxing Association Secretary Shri B.Appanna Reddy, ECoRSA secretary Shri MVS Nagesh and other dignitaries.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Mechanised laundry opens at Visakhapatnam Railway Station

Waltair Division of East Coast Railway commissioned the mechanised laundry at Gnanapuram side of Visakhapatnam railway station today (14.06.2018) under Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) model.MP K. Haribabu inaugurated the laundry, the first such facility in East Coast Railway, in the presence of MLA P. Vishnu Kumar Raju, MLC P.V.N. Madhav and Divisional Railway Manager Mukul Saran Mathur. The fully automatic laundry with a capacity of 4-tonne was set up at a cost of Rs 24.08 crores for 10 years which nearer to Visakhapatnam railway station. They private agency will have to operate it for 10 years and hand it over to Railways. It can wash, dry and iron the linen automatically. Per day it can make 4,500 bed rolls with each bed roll consists of two blankets, one pillow cover and one face towel per shift of 8hrs. The cost of each bed roll washing and pressing cost would be Rs 12.07/-. The laundry was established in 20,000 square feet area. The operator has installed best equipment in the world like washer-cum-extractor, flat ironer-cum-feeder and folder and dryers. Best of the eco-friendly steam boilers for energy efficient and pollution free generation of steam and 1000 litres of Sintex water tanks commissioned for huge water storage. It will provide quality and fresh linen to the passengers. Hitherto,the process was being done manually by outsourcing . From Visakhapatnam linen should be supplied to 21 trains. Speaking on the occasion Dr.Hari Babu appreciated the efforts of the Division for implementing projects on faster pace and to be on line with swachchta. Divisional Railway Manager Shri Mathur appraised the working of the new mechanised laundry and assured that now passengers will get the cleanest linen. It first of its kind over East Coast Railway and will reduce the frequent complaints being received from passengers, he added.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

RINL employees brought laurels at national level

RINL-Vizag Steel Plant employees came out with flying colours this year also by bagging several awards at the national level competitions held in suggestion schemes, innovations etc. The awards were presented to Visakhapatnam employees at INSSANs National Creativity Summit held at Delhi yesterday. Sri P Raychaudhury, CMD,RINL-VSP commended the employees for their achievements and also for bringing fame and name to the organization. Three employees from RINL-VSP participated as delegates in the 20th National Creativity Summit at the SCOPE Convention Center, New Delhi. Approximately 160 delegates from various organizations attended the Convention and the delegates are eminent personalities from business organizations and academia. The participants from RINL-VSP performed outstandingly in different competitions and bagged three awards for the first time in Sujhav Ratan Awards category. Sri A Venkatesan, Dy. Manager, Instrumentation dept. and Sri D Hari Babu, Sr. Foreman(S)-Mech, WRM dept. have also won the Distinguished Awards for their case studies presentation. The awards were instituted by Indian National Suggestion Schemes Association (INSSAN), a Non-profit Professional body dedicated to the promotion of suggestion schemes in various Manufacturing & Service industries, Hospitals and Academia for effective employee involvement, innovation and excellence. Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited – Visakhapatnam Steel Plant is also a member organisation of this esteemed institution. It is worth mentioning that RINL has been in the forefront in implementation of Suggestion Schemes there by showcasing the innovative and inherent abilities among the employees in improving the productivity in the Company.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Divisional Railway Manager commissions renovated health unit

As part of Swachch Rail Swachch Bharat, the Waltair Division organised various programmes. Cleanliness drives and awareness rallies were conducted, video clips on Swachchta awareness were shown on CCTVs at railway stations and announcements were made at stations. Chief Medical Superintendent B.G. Rao and Assistant CMS Sarat Babu told the cleaning staff at the railway station to focus on cleanliness. DRM Mukul Saran Mathur commissioned the renovated physiotherapy unit at the Divisional Railway Hospital and the renovated health unit at BN1TN colony on Friday.A week-long safety awareness programme was being observed by the Waltair Division as part of the International Level Crossing Awareness Week from June 4. Road users were counselled about precautions to be taken while passing through railway level crossing gates.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Relay Hunger strike by Naval Dockyard Ex-Apprentices Welfare Association

The Naval Dockyard Ex-Apprentices Welfare Association has alleged that Naval Dockyard (Visakhapatnam) management had violated the rules in the recruitment of candidates between 2005 and 2010. The ex-naval apprentices had approached the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT, Hyderabad) and obtained favourable judgment in 2013. CAT directed the the dockyard management to absorb the ex-apprentices in the present vacancies, provided they were otherwise eligible, according to association president J. Koteswara Rao and vice president U. Venkata Rao in a statement here on Wednesday. They alleged that the management had violated the CAT orders and continued to do injustice to them. The ex-apprentices are on a relay hunger strike at the bus shelter, opposite the Naval Base here for the last 12 days to protest against the injustice being done to them.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Indian Navy Ships in Guam for Malabar exercise 2018

Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, NM, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet currently on an overseas deployment to South East Asia and the Western Pacific, arrived at Guam on 07 June 18 to participate in the 22nd edition of Exercise Malabar, off Guam, USA from 07 to 16 June 2018. Exercise Malabar, which started as a bilateral exercise between the US Navy and the Indian Navy in 1992, has evolved over the years with the participation of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) from 2007. Over the last 26 years, this Maritime Exercise has grown in scope and complexity and aims at increasing the level of mutual understanding, inter-operability and sharing of the best practices between the three navies. Malabar 17 was held in July last year on the Eastern Sea Board of India, off Chennai and Visakhapatnam. It is for the first time that the exercise is being conducted off Guam, a major US Naval Base in the Western Pacific. It would be of interest to note that the US has recently named their Hawaii-based Pacific Command as the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The scope of the MALABAR-18 includes professional interactions during the Harbour Phase in Guam from 07 to 10 June 18. The Sea Phase from 11 to 16 June 2018 includes a diverse range of activities at sea including Aircraft Carrier operations, Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Surface Warfare, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), joint manoeuvres and tactical procedures. The Indian Navy will be represented by the two indigenously designed and built ships, the multi-purpose stealth frigate INS Sahyadri and Anti-Submarine Warfare corvette, INS Kamorta as also by Fleet Tanker INS Shakti and Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I. The US Navy forces will include the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan with its air wing; two Ticonderoga class cruisers, USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville; two Arleigh Burke class destroyers, USS Benfold and USS Mustin; a Los Angeles-class attack submarine and one Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8A. The JMSDF would be represented by a Hyuga class helicopter carrier JS Ise with integral helicopters; Takanami class destroyer JS Suzunami; Akizuki class destroyer JS Fuyuzuki. Japanese Maritime Patrol Aircraft, P1 and a submarine.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

World Environment Day celebrations at Vizag Steel

World Environment Day was celebrated in a big way at Vizag Steel. The month long events organised by Environment Management Department of Vizag Steel, culminated with a grand function held at TTI auditorium of the Steel Plant today. Sri Prabir Raychaudhury, CMD,RINL-VSP was the chief guest. Sri NV BHASKAR RAO, Joint Chief Environmental Engineer, Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board was the Guest of Honor. Speaking on the occasion Sri NV Bhaskar Rao stressed the need to restrict use of plastics to conserve environment for a better life. Big industries like Vizag Steel Plant should take the lead and pioneer this campaign of controlling plastic pollution. He complimented RINL for taking extensive pollution control measures and sustaining a green and clean environment in and around the plant and township. He said that the Govt of AP and AP Pollution Control Board started a campaign in a big way to contain plastic pollution in the society for a clean environment. He called upon the people to reject use of plastics in their daily life. Sri P Raychaudhury spoke at length about the commitment of Vizag Steel towards environment and said that RINL has been attaching high importance to maintain the eco-system clean and green right from the beginning. RINL, in this direction, has introduced new technologies for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, waste management projects etc, and invested huge amounts on environment protection measures in expansion and modernization, he added. He called upon the employees to evolve RINL as a model “Clean & Green Plant” in the country. Sri PC Mohapatra, Director (Projects), Sri VV Venugopal Rao, Director (Finance), Sri PK Rath, Director, (Operations), Sri P Balachandra Rao, GM (EnMD), Senior officials, representatives of SEA, union leaders and a large number of school children participated. The dignitaries distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions held in connection with the World Environment Day. Green Awards were also bestowed on 102 employees who had contributed for the betterment of environment. The World Environment Day celebrations saw the involvement of more than 1000 people from Ukkunagaram and surrounding areas. Sri OR Ramani, ED(Works) I/c welcomed the gathering and brought out the importance of waste management in the steel industry, particularly in VSP. Photo captions: 1) Sri P Raychaudhury, CMD,RINL-VSP lighting the lamp on the occasion. Sri NV BHASKAR RAO, Joint Chief Environmental Engineer, APPCB, RINL Directors are seen. 2) A school children presenting a green sapling to Sri NV Bhaskar Rao. Sri P Raychaudhury (to his) and other dignitaries are seen. 3) Sri NV BHASKAR RAO, Joint Chief Environmental Engineer, APPCB speaking on the occasion. Sri Raychaudhury, CMD and Directors of RINL are seen. 4) Sri NV BHASKAR RAO, Joint Chief Environmental Engineer having a word with Sri Raychaudhury, CMD, RINL at the meeting. 5) Sri NV BHASKAR RAO, Joint Chief Environmental Engineer distributing prizes to the winners. Sri Raychaudhury, CMD, RINL is seen.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Beat the plastic campaign on the beach road on account of World Environment Day

World Environment Day most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. World Environment Day is the "peoples day" for doing something to take care of the Earth. Each World Environment Day is organised around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for the World Environment Day 2018, "Beat Plastic Pollution". The theme invites everyone to consider how they can make changes in their everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife - and their own health. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic - with severe environmental consequences.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Relay Hunger strike by Naval Dockyard Ex-Apprentices Welfare Association

The Ex-apprentices of the Naval Dockyard (ND), Visakhapatnam have sorted to relay hunger strike from 28-05-2018 near the unused bus stop opposite to the Naval Base, Scindia Junction to protest against the Injustice caused to them by the ND (V) with its illegal steps while recruiting candidates into it, ignoring the Ex-Apprentices even though the Honble Central Administration Tribunal, Hyderabad Bench has issued orders in favour of them and directed the ND (V) to appoint in the present vacancies. But the ND (V) is moving on the illegal notifications ignoring the Honourable CAT Court, Hyderabad Bench Orders which is the violation of the judicial system of the Constitution of India and Injustice. Speaking to VizagCityOnline Mr. Prasad V., Treaurer of the Ex-Apprentices Association said that if the ND(V) does not comply to the Honourable CAT Court Orders then they will resort to full fledged hunger strike till death.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Eastern Fleet Ships Underway To Guam, Us For Exercise Malabar 2018

The Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, NM, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet, currently on an overseas deployment to South East Asia and the Western Pacific, would be participating in the 22nd edition of Exercise Malabar, off Guam, USA from 07 to 16 June 2018. The three Indian Naval Ships are scheduled to reach Guam on 07 June 18 for the Harbour Phase of the exercise. It is for the first time the Malabar Exercise is being conducted at/ off Guam, a US Territory. Malabar 2017 was held in July last year on the Eastern Sea Board of India, off Chennai and Visakhapatnam. Malabar 2018 will have the participation of navies from India, the US and Japan. Over the last 26 years, this Maritime Exercise has grown in scope and complexity and aims to address the variety of shared threats and challenges to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific. Further, the exercise contributes towards increasing the level of mutual understanding, inter-operability and sharing of the best practices between the three navies. The scope of the MALABAR-18 includes professional interactions during the Harbour Phase in Guam from 07 to 10 June 18. The Sea Phase from 11 to 16 June 2018 includes a diverse range of activities at sea including Aircraft Carrier operations, Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Surface Warfare, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), Joint Manoeuvres and Tactical procedures. The Indian Navy will be represented by the two indigenously designed and built ships, the multi-purpose stealth frigate INS Sahyadri and Anti-Submarine Warfare corvette, INS Kamorta, Fleet Tanker INS Shakti and Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I. The US Navy forces will include the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan with its air wing; two Ticonderoga class cruisers, USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville; two Arleigh Burke class destroyers, USS Benfold and USS Mustin; a Los Angeles-class attack submarine and one Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8A. The JMSDF would be represented by a Hyuga class helicopter carrier JS Ise with integral helicopters; Takanami class destroyer JS Suzunami; Akizuki class destroyer JS Fuyuzuki. Japanese Maritime Patrol Aircraft, P1 and a submarine. It would be of interest to note that US has recently named their Hawaii-based Pacific Command as the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Navanirmana Deeksha

Collector Pravin Kumar directed the employees and officials to upload the activities taken up under Navanirmana Deeksha every day. The Navanirmana Deeksha will begin from Today across 925 villages in the district. The Collector deputed one special officer to every village to monitor and supervise the Navanirmana Deeksha programmes.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Star Performer Award bestowed on RINL

RINL-Visakhapatnam Steel Plant is the proud recipient of the prestigious National Award, "Star Performer Award" for Export Excellence for the year 2016-17. The award was instituted by Engineering Exports Promotion Council (EEPC), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India. The Award was presented by Sri CR Chaudhary, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry to Sri SK Chakrabarti , GM(Mktg) I/c & HOD of RINL at a function held in Delhi. Sri P Raychaudhury, CMD,RINL congratulated the Marketing Collective, particularly the Exports team for the notable performance and for bringing laurels to the organization. RINL has been showing continuous growth in exports. In year 2017-18 , RINL has exported 5.25 lakh tonnes of steel to various countries and achieved a turnover of Rs 1725 crores as against Rs 1047 crores over CPLY. It may be worth mentioning that RINL has been receiving this Star Performer National Award since last two years and Star Performer Regional Award for the last 4 years consecutively from EEPC, India for excellent performance in exports. Presently, RINL is exporting its products to major countries like NEPAL, Srilanka, Phillipines, USA, Kenya, Thailand , Indonesia etc.

Friday, June 1, 2018

One-day National workshop on Dry Docking and Shop Repairs

One day National workshop on "DRY DOCKING AND SHIP REPAIRS" was held on the 31ST May, 2018 at the Department of Marine Engineering, Andhra University, under the guidance of Prof. V.V.S. Prasad (Head of the Department, convener of this workshop). The chief guest of the event was honourable Prof. G.Nageshwara Rao, Vice Chancellor, AU. Sri.P.V.Gopala Rao, director, prime and former G.M. Hindusthan Shipyard Limited,VSKP who had offered to help educate our students in the topics dry docking and ship repairs was also present as a guest of honour among others. Prof Sri Rama Murthy spoke about the potential of Dry docking and ship repairs in India. He said that most of the ship owners prefer to repair their ships in other countries like China, Singapore and then went on to say about the scope, potential and opportunities in the field. Prof. G.Nageshwara Rao spoke about MoU between marine engineering department, AUCE(A) and Indian Navy as well as other shipyards. He spoke about different certificate courses offered in diversed fields for retired personnel from Navy. Honourable Vice chancellor, respected Principal , the head of the department and other guests of honour felicitated PROF.S.V.UMA MAHESWARA RAO, AUCE(A) on the eve of his retirement.