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Friday, November 17, 2017

Mr.Bill Gates visited Visakhapatnam to attend agricultural summit

It is an honour to have Mr.Bill Gates in Vizag today, even if it was just for a few hours.

Friday, November 17, 2017

78 Meritorious children felicitated by ECORWWO

East Coast Railway Womens Welfare Organisation of Waltair Division felicitated the wards of the Railway employs who excelled in the academic performance as well as in various competitive exams. Celebrating the Childrens Day at Rail Club, Vice President of ECoRWWO Smt. Sharmila ARORA appreciated the students who showed good performance in the academic as well as in competitive exams and distributed the scholarships. Sri. Mukul Saran Mathur, Divl.Railway Manager was the chief guest and addressing on the occasion he advised the parents to give liberty to the children to choose the course in which they are interested. He has also stated that gaining knowledge is the most important than getting a degree. ADRM Shri Ajay Arora advised the children to indulge in the field they choose and do hard work to make their dreams to become real. He appreciated the efforts by ECoRWWO for encouraging the meritorious children in a better way. On this occasion, Fancy dress competition was organized for the children and a Cultural programme was also organized. To mark this occasion ECoRWWO organized Drawing/Painting & Essay competitions and prizes were distributed to the winners. Scholarships given to 78 students comprising 41 SSC students who secured 10/10 marks, 25 Intermediate students, 12 IIT , Medical and Engineering students who excelled in their academics. The felicitation function was witnessed by Sr. Divisional Personnel Officer, Dr. Sakkeer Hussain; Secretary, ECoRWWO Smt.Madhuri Kasipathi and Members of ECORWWO, officers, staff and parents.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Childrens day celebrated in VIZAG

The city schools wore a festive look with scores of students presenting cultural programmes and showcasing their expertise in creative skills to mark Childrens Day. Dressed in colourful attires, they headed for the school in a buoyant mood. Students of Andhra University English Medium School presented enthralling cultural programme to mark the occasion. HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao exhorted the students to be responsible citizens. He said periodical health check-up will soon be introduced for students. Delhi Public School, Anandapuram celebrated Bal Diwas with patriotic fervour. For a change, teachers donned the role of students. Principal Eshwari Prabhakar and the staff were present. Dressed in their best, students of Visakha Valley celebrated the day with great enthusiasm in the school. Children garlanded the portrait of Chacha Nehru. Further, they presented impressive cultural programmes. Focusing on the theme mother earth, students of Chaitanya Public School, Ukkunagaram performed a skit followed by another playlet centred on building corruption-free nation. He was addressing students at a programme organised by RINL-WIPS (Women in Public Sector). Founder-president of Lakshya Foundation Anuradha Prabhu Desai gave a presentation on the life of defence personnel. President of Visteel Mahila Samiti Bindoo Mohapatra also attended. At Skill Development Institute, Arilova, 400 trainees and staff celebrated the day with enthusiasm. Rich tributes were paid to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, garlanding his portrait. Trainees took part in quiz contest and performed dance. Institute in-charge C.V.N. Das was present.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nite glow at the amazing Araku Hot Air Balloon Festival

The air was laced with anticipation and excitement, as the sun rose over a stunning horizon at Araku and the much-awaited Araku Balloon Festival kicked off on Tuesday. Bundled up in jackets and sweaters hundreds of tourists thronged to the festival early on Tuesday hoping to catch the hot air balloons take off.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017

Sounds on Sandenthrals Vizagites

The Port City has many firsts to its credit, and it added another feather to its cap with Sounds on Sand music festival which began here on Saturday at the RK Beach. The much-hyped event began with more than hour-long performance of music composer Baiju Dharmajan and singer Vijay Hegde. Later, a workshop for local artistes with the popular singers and musicians was held.In the evening, the local band Echo & Khairo pumped up the spirits of audience with their stunning tunes. And then, the moment has come for the crowd to welcome one and only Usha Uthup who enthralled Vizagites and tourists with her crooning."I never expected this kind of concerts will take place in my city. Thanks to oraginsers. Though I have been to music concerts in other cities, but the ambience and sea shore made the difference. Its a wonderful experience," shares Arun, who loves listening to music. Later, Leslie Lewis, too, performed. The two-day festival is aimed at providing platform to local bands and artistes to showcase their talent. AP Tourism and the district administration are organising this event. Sharing the excitement of the crowd that came in large numbers to cheer him, Revanth said, "Visakhapatnam holds a special place in my heart. The kind of support and love I have received from this city is unmatchable and I will be ever grateful for that." Later, singers Mohammed Irfan and Asees Kaur took the audience on a soulful musical journey marking the end of the two-day musical extravaganza that saw several noted music artistes coming to the city to perform

Monday, November 13, 2017

KUSUMA HARINADH MUSIC AND DANCE ACADEMY

Traditional Dance Competitions for North Andhra Districts held by Kusuma Harinadh Music & Dance Academy on its 3 rd Anniversay at Kuchipudi Art Academy Vedika concluded on Sunday (12-11-2017) evening. Umamaheswara Rao - Andhra University Registrar, Kosana - Member, District Cultural Academy, Y. Hanumatha Rao - Principal, Kuchipudi Art Academy, D. Harinath - Director, Kusuma Harinadh Music & Dance Academy were present during the closing ceremony of the competitions. Dances in several traditional formats like Kuchipudi, Folk, Classic, Semi-classic and Solo were performed by several Senior and Junior artistes during the competition. Sevral awards, trophies and momentos were presented to the winners and participants.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Over 12000 participated in the Vizag-Navy Marathon

The fourth edition of Vizag Navy Marathon, the largest running event in the "City of Destiny", was conducted at the Beach Road on Sunday 12 November 17. This is also the major event organized as part of the ‘Swarna Varsha’ Celebrations of the Eastern Naval Command. On the pleasant Sunday morning, over 12,000 runners, geared up in style, participated in Full Marathon (42.2 Kms), Half Marathon (21.1 Kms), 10 Kms and 05 Kms races, starting from Vishwapriya Function Hall on the pristine Beach Road along the Bay of Bengal. The event brought out a spontaneous response from all walks of life. Participants from all age groups, kids with parents, veterans, youth, Naval Personnel, foreigners and school children ran the race side by side, stride by stride. In addition to the participants, citizens of the City came out in large numbers to cheer the runners and enjoy the jubilation and celebration, since early hours of the day. Around 300 runners participated in 42 Kms which was flagged off at 4:15 am by the Race Director Dr Murali while 2000 runners participated in 21 km race which was flagged off at 5:15 am by Cmde GR Pradhan Commanding Officer INS Kalinga. The 10 km run was flagged off at 06:15 am by Vice Adm Atul Kumar Jain, Chief of Staff ENC where over 3300 runners participated and 05 Kms run witnessed a record participation from 7000 runners was flagged off at 6:45 am by Vice Adm Karambir Singh Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief ENC. It was a proud moment for the parents who ran with their children, and school children who matched their strides with some of the eminent marathon runners. The event completed incident-free due to effective traffic management from Police department and host of facilities manned by volunteers who manned the hydration points, medical points and toilets throughout the route for runners, An event of this scale and proportion has definitely inscribed name of our City of Destiny on the Marathon Map of this country with whole hearted support from District Administration, City Police Authorities, GVMC, AP Tourism Department and a host of volunteers who came forward to ensure smooth and successful conduct of the event and to make it a memorable run for all the participants.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Bike rally against DCIL privatization

The Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) staged a bike rally on Friday against privatization move taken by central cabinet. Around 300 employees participated in the rally displayed black flags against Govt move and shouted slogans for saving the company.The rally, from Port area to VUDA park taken up via Jagadamba Junction, collectrate Jn.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Aircraft Museum To Be Major Tourist Attraction In Vizag

The Andhra Pradesh government is hopeful that the TU-142 aircraft museum will become a major tourist attraction in the port city of Visakhapatnam. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu last evening unveiled a plaque to mark the assembling works related to TU-142, the decommissioned naval aircraft that is being converted into a museum on the beach road in Visakhapatnam. The TU-142, nicknamed the Bear, was a naval maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft that served the nation for 29 years before it was decommissioned in May this year. Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command H C S Bisht, who took part in the programme, said the TU-142, with four engines and eight propellers, was the "most formidable" in the world. On the occasion, the chief minister said President Ram Nath Kovind would formally inaugurate the aircraft museum in December this year. Designed by the Soviet Union, the aircraft had an accident-free record and served in various operations, including the Kargil war. The TU-142 aircraft museum is coming up right across the road where the INS Kursura submarine museum now stands on the Vizag Beach Road. "The TU-142 is being converted into a museum at a cost of Rs five crore and it will be yet another major tourist attraction in Vizag," state tourism secretary Mukesh Kumar Meena said. APs deputy chief minister (Home) N China Rajappa, tourism minister Bhuma Akhila Priya, HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and several other elected representatives attended the event.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

‘Sounds on Sand’ music fest planning

The sands of the citys coast will stir to life with a grand musical festival featuring some of the country’s most prominent names in the music field on November 11 and 12. AP Tourism and the district administration will be hosting a two-day ‘Sounds on Sand music festival on the beach opposite YMCA. Organised by event management firm E-Factor, the festival will see artistes like Baiju Dharmajan, Usha Uthup, Leslie Lewis and Revanth of Indian Idol fame performing in the city.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Agri-Hackathon from Nov. 15

Wall Paintings on AU walls to the run up for the Agri-Hackathon scheduled for 15 to 17 nov

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Dredging Corporation of India (DCIL) organises National Entrepreneurship day

Dredging Corporation of India organised National Entrepreneurship Day jointly with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) on 09th November 2017 at VASSIWA Auditorium, Autonagar, Gajuwaka. Addressing young minds, Shri.V K Praviraj, General Manager (Marketing) stated that Government is providing ample opportunities to become Entrepreneurs. He urged all the students and young entrepreneurs to tap the opportunities. He further stated that earlier there was no support from Government or external agencies to become entrepreneurs and it was very difficult at that time to become an entrepreneur. Now, if one wishes and has commitment then world will be his. Shri. Balaji, President, VASSIWA, Shri. K R K Prasad, Director (MSME) and Shri. Y. Ramakrishan, Asst. Director, DIC have also participated in the programme.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Parliamnetary committee visited Visakhapatnam railway station

Parliamentary committee on Subordinate Legislation, Rajyasabha under the Chairmanship of Dr.Subba Rami Reddy (Honble MP/RS), visited Visakhapatnam railway station on 5-11-2017. The other members of the committee are Shri N.Bhaskara Rao, Honble MP/RS , ShriShankar Bai Vegas, Honble MP/RS , Shri Biswajit Daimary, Honble MP/RS also present during the visit. The purpose of the committee is to study about Solid Waste management and Plastic Waste Management. East Coast Railway General Manager, Shri Umesh Sing; Divisional Railway Manager, Waltair Shri Mukul Saran Mathrur, Executive Directors from Railway Board,Deputy General Manager, ECOR Shri TD Sahu, Officials from Rajyasabha Secretariat and Brach officers of Waltair Division participated in the meeting held at reserved lounge at Visakhapatnam railway station. The discussion was mainly concentrated on the segregation of solid waste and its disposal, usage of plastic at stations and its disposal, anti-littering activities and penalties. Shri N.Bhaskara Rao, Member of the committee asked to improve the drainage system in coordination with the civil administration to avoid un-necessary damage to the public convenience. General Manager and DRM mentioned that railways is in close coordination with the local bodies for effective drain system and also assured to sort out issues if any. Chairman of the committee inquired about the segregation of waste and disposal. DRM revealed that adequate Dustbins are provided public utility places and at all vending units and the garbage is handed over local GVMC every day to dump at local yard. Giving clarification on the antilittering drives and penalties GM and DRM said that Display Boards on antilittering were provided to create awareness among the travelling public and frequent announcements are made in Public announcement system. The penalty charges are being collected on littering, spitting as per rules. This year the Division has registered 796 littering cases till October-17. It is also mentioned that the Division has taken initiatives to discourage plastic usage at Railway Stations. Prior to the meeting, the committee inspected railway station. They appreciated the creative art gallery at the station, inspected the Food Court-Rail Dhaba and interacted with the passengers at food court and on the platform. Later the committee visited Executive Lounge, appreciated the efforts by the railway administration for such initiative, there they inaugurated a facility for the Rail users having ICICI bank cards. The Commuters travelling or passing through Visakhapatnam railway station can now look forward to even greater levels of comfort, hospitality and convenience with an executive lounge (Travel Club Lounge) on a railway station in Visakhapatnam operated by Travel Food Services (TFS). TFS has done an alliance with ICICI Bank for providing lounge access to its priority customers. Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy, Chairman - Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation along with Shri Umesh Singh, General Manager - East Coast Railway, DRM Waltair Shri Mukul Saran Mathur inaugurated this offer today. The chairman was also keen about improvement of passenger amenities viz. Escalators and toilets on all platforms, making Visakhapatnam as Model station, special train to Kollam, extension of platform shelters, development of vacant/ encroached land etc. GM Shri Umesh Singh assured that the issues will be addressed in short span of time.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Navika sagar parikrama - INSV Tarini departs from Fremantle

The Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini left Fremantle, Australia 05 Nov 17 morning for its onwards journey to Lyttleton, New Zealand. INSV Tarini had arrived at Fremantle on 23 October 2017 after completion of first leg of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. This historic circumnavigation attempt by an all-women crew is being led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta. The crew of INSV Tarini was officially welcomed to Western Australia (WA) by Tourism, Defence Issues and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia and Womens Interests Minister Simone McGurk on 1 November 2017.WA Ministers were accompanied by two Indian-origin members of WA Parliament,Mr Yaz Mubarakai and Mr Kevin Michel. Federal MPs from Western Australia, Madeleine King and Dr Anne Aly visited the vessel INSV Tarini. Chief of Royal Australian Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett also visited the vessel on 1 November to welcome the crew. He also handed over a personal message from Australian Minister for Defence Ms. Marise Payne for the crew. The crew had several engagements during its stay in Fremantle, including call-on meetings with Governor of Western Australia, Hon. Kerry Sanderson AC and Deputy Mayor of City of Fremantle Cr Ingrid Waltham. President of WA Legislative Council Hon Kate Doust also hosted the crew at WA Parliament for an interaction with female MPs from all major parties. The INSV Tarini crew had an opportunity to interact with a wide range of stakeholders during the welcome reception hosted by the Consulate on 28 October 2017, which was attended by about 100 distinguished guests, including members of WA Parliament, state officials, businessmen, academicians, consular corps, leaders from Indian community and media persons. The crew of INSV Tarini also had an opportunity to interact with strategic thinkers and academia during a presentation and reception event hosted by Perth US-Asia Centre, leading think tank focusing on geopolitical issues based in the University of Western Australia, on 31 October 2017. More than 200 students attended a presentation and interaction session with the crew at Perth Modern School on 31 October 2017. The crew also visited the scientific facilities at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at University of Western Australia. They also had a chance to meet renowned Australian scientist & Australian of the Year 2017 Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, who is famous for his work on stem cell research. The crew also had a trip to few tourist places in Perth and Fremantle, including Rottnest Island. The visit of INSV Tarini to Fremantle was covered widely in Australian print and electronic media, and ethnic media.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Navy Band performed at VUDA Park today

As a precursor to the Navy Day celebrated on December 4,Eastern Naval Command (ENC) performed Navy Band with a wide genre of music including popular patriotic songs in addition to medley of other flavours and popular evergreen of Hindi, Telugu and English to cater to the listening pleasure of all present in the audience and thereby living up to their motto of "Something for Everyone".

Saturday, November 4, 2017

CITU Dharna

CITU Dharna opposite Swarnabharathi stadium...Demanding hike in daily wages of unorganized sector workers.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Mr. Talukdar Abdul Khaleque, Honble Member of Parliament, Bangladesh visits DCI

Mr. Talukdar Abdul Khaleque, Honble Member of Parliament, Bangladesh along with Commodore A K M Faruque Hassan, Chairman, Mongla Port Authority and his team visited Dredging Corporation of India Limited, Today – 3/11/2017. DCI as recently taken up Capital Dredging in Pussur Channel from Mongla Port to Rampal Power Plant, Bangladesh which was won on global tender. The pre-survey for the work has been completed and the dredger has arrived at the port and is being assembled. The dredging work will begin shortly. Prior to visiting DCI, at Visakhapatnam, Honble MP along with Mongla Port Authority officials visited the DCI Dredger at Haldia to have an on hand assessment of the dredging work. At Visakhapatnam, Shri Rajesh Tripathi, CMD and his team gave a brief presentation of the working of DCI. The visiting officials were very much impressed of the capability and capacity of DCI and informed that Bangladesh offer ample opportunities for DCI to explore and given that Bangladesh is next door to India, DCI has a logistic advantage to give competitive rates. Hon’ble MP wished that DCI with its expertise would be in a position to cater to the different dredging requirements in Bangladesh. The meeting was attended by different senior officials of DCI and Ministry of Shipping, Bangladesh and Mongla Port.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Medical Camp organized at Atchutapuram by Navy

As part of Navy Day Celebrations, a free Medical Camp was organised at Mandala Vikalangula Ashram Pathshala and nearby villages at Atchutapuram on 03 November 17 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The camp was inaugurated by Surgeon Rear Admiral Bijitesh Chakravarty, Command Medical Officer, ENC and aimed at providing comprehensive health check-up for detection of early stages of chronic diseases and distribute basic medicines to the needy. The medical camp held as a part of outreach program under the aegis of ENC covered the fields of Pediatrics, Dermatology, Dental, Ophthalmology, general OPD and on-the-spot laboratory investigations coordinated by Surgeon Commodore Rahul Ray, VSM, Commanding Officer INHS Kalyani with a team of 20 Medical Officers. On the sidelines of the medical camp, personnel from INS Dega cleaned the surrounding area as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, carried out basic repairs to electrical fittings and plumbing and white-washed the class rooms. Staff from Station Health Organisation carried out disinfection by spraying insecticides in the surrounding to prevent vector borne deceases. There was an overwhelming response to the camp wherein about 720 personnel including 630 girl students from Gurukula Patasala and Kasturba Patasala Atchutapuram where screened by all the specialists. Gynecologists also delivered lectures on personal hygiene to girl students. Food packets, toiletries and medicines were disbursed to the students and other participants. Shri PST Patnaik, Secretary of Mandala Vikalangula Sankshema Sangham Pathshala, Atchutapuram expressed his gratitude to Navy for the humanitarian effort.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Blood Donation Camp at INS Vishwakarma

As part of Navy Day Celebrations, a Blood Donation Camp was organized by INS Vishwakarma, today 03 November 17. The camp was conducted with the theme "Donate Blood - Save Life" and inaugurated by Commodore Ajay Ghule, Commanding Officer, INS Vishwakarma. There was an enthusiastic participation from naval personnel, Defence Civilians and their families. 90 personnel including ladies voluntarily donated blood during the camp which was organized in collaboration with AS Raja Voluntary Blood Bank.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Etikoppaka toys get GI tag

Etikoppaka toys, popularly known as Lakkapidathalu in the local parlance, finally received Geographical Indication (GI) by the Registration of Geographical Indication, categorised in class 20 of the toys category. The certificate was signed on October 24 and issued on November 1. These traditional toys are made by artisans in Etikoppaka village located on banks of river Varaha in Visakhapatnam district of the state.The artisans are yet to get heavy metal analysis certificate for exporting to the US and European countries. The art of making traditional wooden Etikoppaka toys is more than 400 years old and it has been traditionally handed over to them by their ancestors through generations. The art of this toy making is also known as turned wood Lacquer craft.The toys are unique in shape and form. They are made of wood and painted with natural dyes. The wood used is from Ankudi Karra (Wrightia tinctoria) tree that is soft in nature. The natural dyes are prepared from seeds, lacquer, bark, roots and leaves. These dynes are unique as they do not have heavy metal or toxic content in it. The Etikoppaka toys are not only popular in Andhra Pradesh but also gained their popularity all over the country and abroad over the years. But this art form suffered a setback in the last decade. The exports to the US and Europe, which were to the tune of Rs 50 to 80 lakh per annum, were stopped in 2007 when the importers insisted on GI certification and heavy metal analysis, both not in the hands of the villagers. "Mere GI tag will not be sufficient for us to boost the sales, particularly exports. We need heavy metal analysis to show that the dyes and wood the artisans are using do not contain metals like barium, cadmium and lead. The analysis report costs a meagre Rs 5.5 lakh in India but no government agency is coming forward to help the artisans," said a local patron C V Raju, an artisan himself who introduced natural colours.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Visakhapatnam Railway Station has a creative art gallery treat for passengers

Visakhapatnam Railway Station surely knows how to enrich the experience of passengers on their journey.A creative art gallery is commenced at Visakhapatnam railway station by Divisional Railway Manager, Shri Mukul Saram Mathur in presence of ADRM Shri Ajay Arora and other officials. Interested artists in the city can showcase their art works at the gallery free of cost. Speaking on the occasion DRM said that the purpose is not only to create a creative space on the railway station but also to encourage artistic new talent who want platform to show case their talent. All budding artists are encouraged to show the travelling public their talent in the field of art including sketches, photographs, paintings, sculptures cartoons etc. At present the art gallery provided with Heritage photographs of glorious Indian railways depicting how the Railways served the customers, transportation, passenger amenities etc. Highlights – 1.Four wheeler gas truck. 2.Steam engines that used to draw trains earlier. 3.Vintage pictures of Howrah Station. 4.Drinking water arrangement at Kharagpur station - 1920s.