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Friday, July 20, 2018

Junior Officers Leadership Seminar held at Visakhapatnam

With an endeavor to provide a forum to the junior officers to put forth their views on aspects ranging across professional, technical, training and personnel issues, a Junior Officers Leadership Seminar was conducted by Eastern Fleet at Samudrika Auditorium on 18 Jul and 19 Jul 18. The seminar inaugurated by Vice Adm MS Pawar, Chief of Staff Eastern Naval Command (ENC) was attended by Rear Adm Suraj Berry Asst. Chief of Naval Staff (HRD) Integrated HQ Ministry of Defence(Navy), other Flag Officers, Commanding Officers of Ships and Submarines, Agrani, Director CLABS, representatives from Naval Headquarters, other Commands and junior officers upto the rank of Lieutenant Commanders, Master Chief Petty Officers and Chief Petty Officers representing all important branches of the Navy. The two-day seminar conducted under the aegis of HQENC included seven papers presented by junior officers from different fields of the Navy and included contemporary topics such as, “Leadership Challenges in Ensuring Combat Worthiness of Legacy Ships", "Grooming and Cultural Orientation in the International Environment", "Leading Civilian Technical Work Force", "Managing Operations/Administration in Remote Air Base", "Inspiring Personnel to perform non-Core Functions", "Managing Technology and Tasking of Strategic Vessels" and "Sailors Expectations from Leaders". Welcoming the delegates and participants, Vice Adm Pawar reiterated that as young leaders one should command respect and not demand it by following the time tested principle of Service before Self enshrined in the ethos of our defence officers since inception. The presentations and deliberations resulted in invigorating discussions which were moderated by prominent senior naval officers. The proceedings of the seminar were summed up eloquently by Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. An audio visual presentation of the lecture on leadership by the late Admiral RL Pereira, the former Chief of the Naval Staff was also played and as always made an impact.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ratha Yatra celebrated with traditional fervor in Ukkunagaram

Sri P Raychaudhury, CMD, RINL-VSP accompanied by Smt Ratna Raychaudhury, invited Lord Jagannath on the occasion of Ratha Yatra (Car festival) to the Chariot. Donning the traditional costumes of the King, Sri Raychaudhury performed "Chherapanhara", the sweeping of the Chariot with Golden Broom. Ratha Yatra, the most auspicious festival of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, was celebrated with fanfare and gaiety amidst "Jai Jagannath" chanting by the devotees and to the accompaniment of music from mridang, cymbals and conches in Ukkunagaram. A large number of devotees pulled the Chariot along the streets of Ukkunagaram. Bhajans and dance troupes were performed along the Lord’s Yatra route. Sri P C Mohapatra, Director (Projects), Sri KC Das, Director (Personnel), Sri VV Venugopal Rao, Director (Finance) and Sri PK Rath, Director (Operations), along with their family members offered prayers to Lord Jagannath. The evening was vibrant with colourful cultural programmes organised to mark the festival in the township by Nartaki group from Odisha. Earlier, the dignitaries opened a Handloom & Handicrafts Exhibition on the occasion.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF) ship MCGS Huravee arrived Visakhapatnam

Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF) ship MCGS Huravee arrived Visakhapatnam on 12 Jul 18 to undergo a Short Refit at Naval Dockyard. The ship was escorted by INS Rana from Sri Lanka in view of the prevailing rough monsoon weather in a display of comradeship that exists between the MCG and the IN. A welcome ceremony was organised by the Navy on arrival. Cmde Sunil Kaushik, General Manager Refit at ND (V) welcomed the crew of MCGS Huravee and addressed the gathering, assuring that all defects and issues would be addressed in the best possible manner and wished the crew a comfortable stay and fruitful maintenance period at Visakhapatnam. The ship is commanded by Major Mohamed Jamshad and has a crew of seven officers and 19 sailors. The SR would commence from 01 Aug 2018 and will take four months to complete. During the refit, major repairs will be undertaken on the ships hull, main propulsion and auxiliaries followed by trials. The crew will also be trained on modern techniques for operation and maintenance of the equipment fitted onboard the ship. The refit would restore full combat capability of the ship and ensure her continuous availability for operations to the Maldives Coast Guard for next operational cycle. MCGS Huravee was originally commissioned as INS Tillanchang, in the Indian Navy. The ship is a Trinkat class patrol vessel built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkatta in Mar 2001 and was subsequently gifted to Maldives by the Govt of India in Apr 2006.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

National Fish Farmers Day

National Fish Farmers Day was celebrated By National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Ministry of Agriculture,Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India on 9 th and 10 th July 2018 at YMCA complex Beach road, Visakhapatnam. The National Fish Farmers day is observed every year on 10 th july in commemoration with the success of Fish Breeding in captivity, in the year 1957 on 10 th July. During this occasion NFDB has awarded 18 fish farmers and hatchery owners for their best performance in different categories, as detailed below. (List enclosed) The awards were distributed by Smt. I Rani Kumudini, IAS, Chief Executive, NFDB, Hyderabad in the presence of Shri. Ram Shankar Nayak, IAS, and other dignitaries. All the awardees presented their success stories on both the days which were informative and innovative in the fisheries sector. The celebration also included exhibition, showcasing latest technologies being developed in the country through various govt. departments, research institutions and private sector and fish festival to popularize the fish consumption in the country has been made put by Marriot Hotel, Ananda Group, AP Fisheries Dept., West Bengal Fisheries Dept, and other local hotels

Monday, July 9, 2018

Traffic Awareness Program by Junior Jaycees & Traffic Department

Junior Jaycees of JCI Vizag Achievers along with Traffic Department conducted Traffic Awareness Program at Hanumanthawaka Junction on 08-07-2018 evening. Traffic SI Prabhakar along with his Traffic Constables had participated and lent their support to the children. This program had been organised by the JCI Vizag Achievers as part of "Safety For Us" project wherein everyday Traffic Awareness activities will be carried out in association with educational institutions and Traffic Police in Madhurawada and Hanumathawaka areas. Chairperson - Jrjc Master Pardha Saye with a team of around 15 children had participated in the prorgram along with Senior Jaycees Jc Murali P., Jc Sen Ranjeet Sah, Jc Dr. Sheetal Madan, Jc Jyotsna, Jc Ravi Kumar, Jc Prasanna Kumar, Jc Ratna of JCI Vizag Achievers

Friday, July 6, 2018

Solar plant at Mudasarlova reservoir will be completed by the end of July

The floating solar plant on Mudasarlova reservoir of GVMC will be completed by July-end, according to Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan. He inspected the progress of the work on Thursday. The plant with a capacity of 2 MW is being set up in 20 acres of the reservoir with a cost of Rs. 11.34 crore. The plant is being executed by DES Engineers of Hyderabad under the supervision of AECOM, consultants for the Smart City projects. Besides, the reservoir is being de-silted at a cost of Rs. 20 lakh. Superintendent Engineer Pallamraju, executive engineer Sudhakar, Zone Commissioner Sanyasi Naidu and Samir of AECOM were present. During his morning visit at Peda Waltair, he agreed to the request of residents that road should be 24 metres and instructed officials to form drain and footpath accordingly. Restoration of green belt would be examined since it had been encroached upon two decades ago.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Vizag Traffic Brunt

Traffic issues faced by school buses and other commuters of Vizag because of a political meet and rally organised in Vizag City by Janasena on 04-07-2018. Vizagites have been facing a lot traffic issues for the last four years because of political and non political meetings and rallies.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Alluri Sitarama Raju Jayanti celebrated in Ukkunagaram

RINL-VSP paid rich tributes to Alluri Sitarama Raju on the occasion of his 121th birth anniversary in Ukkunagaram on 4-7-2018 (Wednesday). Sri V V Venugopal Rao, Director (Finance) RINL was the chief guest. Sri Venugopal Rao garlanded the statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju and paid floral tributes to the great freedom fighter. Addressing the gathering, Sri Venugopal Rao recalled the sacrifices and services of Alluri Sitarama Raju in guarding tribal rights in the agency area and his crusade against the British rule. Union leaders, representatives of Ukkunagaram Kshatriya Association, SC&ST association and a large number of employees participated and paid floral tributes to the freedom fighter.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018


The inaugural edition of Indian Navy- Bangladesh Navy Coordinated Patrol(CORPAT) concluded at Visakhapatnam today, 03 July 18. IN Ships Satpura, Kadmatt and Bangladesh Naval Ships Abu Bakr and Dhaleshwari participated in the IN-BN CORPAT which was inaugurated at Chittagong on 27 June. As part of the concluding session, a series of activities were conducted in harbour at Visakhapatnam which included cross visits between participating units from both navies as also training visit for personnel from BNS Dhaleshwari and BNS Abu Bakr to the Ship Handling Simulator, Damage Control Simulator and INS Dega at Visakhapatnam. A friendly Basketball Match was also played between personnel from visiting Bangladesh Naval Ships and Eastern Fleet Ships.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Indian Navy Commander to participate in Golden Globe Race 2018

Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy is all set to head off on a unique voyage. The officer is the only invitee from Asia to participate in the prestigious Golden Globe Race (GGR) that commences from Les Sables dOlonne harbour in France on Monday (2-7-2018). The participants are required to sail around the world, single-handed and non-stop. The uniqueness of the race is that boat designs and technology newer than 1968 is not permitted, hence use of Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite communication, navigational aids, etc is forbidden. The Golden Globe Race is being conducted by Sir Robin Knox Johnston of UK to commemorate 50 years since the worlds first solo non-stop circumnavigation undertaken by him in 1968 onboard the Indian built boat, Suhaili. Commander Abhilash Tomy is one of Indias most prominent sailors. He has covered 53,000 nautical miles under sail, including a solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in 2012-13 onboard Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Mhadei. He is also a recipient of the Kirti Chakra, Mac Gregor and Tenzing Norgay awards. Commander Abhilash Tomy is representing India, sailing on a replica of Suhaili. The indigenously built sailing vessel Thuriya has been built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Ltd at Goa. The boat showcases Indias boat building capability on the world forum and promotes the Make in India initiative. Thuriya stands for pure consciousness and is the background that transcends the three common states of consciousness, namely waking consciousness, dreaming and dreamless sleep. The race is expected to complete at Les Sables dOlonne in April 2019. Progress of the race can be viewed on the official GGR website (

Monday, July 2, 2018

Raja Vikram Dev’s 149th birth anniversary celebrated

The 149th birth anniversary of the last ruler of the kingdom of Jeypore, also a renowned poet and scholar, Raja Vikram Dev Varma was celebrated in the Andhra University campus on June 28th. Raja Vikram Dev Varma, was known for authoring several books in Odia and Telugu and contributing immensely for promotion of education. The birth anniversary was observed by garlanding of statue of Raja Varma outside the building of the Department of Physics, Andhra University, which has been named after him, by his descendants Rani Mayank Deo and Lathikasri along with several prominent persons.