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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Investiture Ceremony of Sainik School Korukonda

Investiture Ceremony of Sainik School Korukonda was held in the Golden Jubilee Indoor Sports Complex on 19 July 2017 with military grandeur and pride. Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, AVSM, VSM, Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, was the Chief Guest for the ceremony. Rank badges on 32 cadet appointments selected for their past achievements and capabilities to don leadership roles in their respective houses and classes were also conferred during the ceremony. On arrival, the Chief Guest laid a wreath at the school War Memorial in the honour of the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in the cause of our motherland. Later, he was given a traditional Guard of Honour by 50 cadets, led by guard commander, School Cadet Captain Vikram Kumar. Subsequently the Flag Officer presented the most coveted Principal’s Banner for Champion House (Junior & Senior), prestigious NDA Trophy for sending maximum number of cadets to NDA and other trophies to the worthy winner house appointments. The ceremony culminated with the new cadet appointments being administered an oath for sincerity and dedication towards their respective responsibilities. Complimented the cadets for their high standards of drill and turn out, the Admiral emphasized upon the rich legacy of Sainik School Korukonda, highlighting the contribution of generations of officers and staff members to make this rich institution what it is today. He also advised the boys to enrich their communication skills and strive to participate in extra-curricular and outdoor activities, stressing their significance in the making of a leader in the armed forces and even other walks of life. The Admiral was accompanied by Cmde KS Noor, Command Education Officer, Eastern Naval Command were conducted around the school by Col Rudrax Atri, Principal and were shown various training facilities.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NWWA(ER) collaborates with TISS - School of Vocational Education

In a landmark initiative by Naval Wives Welfare Association (NWWA), Eastern Region, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) for providing diploma/ degree courses in Early Child Development Education, enabling naval wives to be professionally qualified and work as Pre-primary school teachers. The MoU was signed by Mrs Bimla Bisht, President NWWA(ER) and Dr Prerna Sharma, In-charge School of Vocational Education, TISS at NWWA Kendra Visakhapatnam today, 18 July 17 in the presence of Core Committee Members of NWWA(E/R) and Cmde KS Noor, Command Education and Welfare Officer HQENC. Participants enrolled for this course shall undergo a work oriented training program which will enable them to gain skills by practicing real-time in the Kindergarten schools. To encourage maximum participation, NWWA (ER) would sponsor 50% of the course fee as a welfare gesture. Women Empowerment has always been the main thrust for NWWA and this is a small step in that direction. Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA), the Community support system of Indian Navy has been involved in multifarious welfare activities aimed towards improving the quality of life within the naval community and outside too.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

TOLIC Meeting organized in Ukkunagaram

Sri P Madhusudan, CMD, RINL chaired the inaugural meeting of Town Official Language Implementation Committee (TOLIC) at Management Development Centre in Ukkunagaram. 34 PSUs located in Visakhapatnam are the member organizations of this committee. Addressing the participants, Sri Madhusudan stressed the need for planning various promotional activities and ensuring collective efforts by all member organizations as envisaged in the purpose and objective of TOLIC. He assured the Ministry that the new working group will minutely prepare suitable action plan to work on. Sri KC Das, Director (Personnel), RINL and Sri RP Srivastava, ED (CS), RINL attended the meeting. Sri GP Namdeo, Asst. Director, Hindi Teaching Scheme, Visakhapatnam and Sri Tek Chand Dy. Director (Implementation), Bangalore participated as representatives of Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India. In the presence of around 70 participants from member offices, discussions were held for taking appropriate measures for ensuring effective implementation of Official Language. An action plan along with various important targets and guidelines issued by Ministry were presented by Member Secretary Sri Lalan Kumar, DGM(Rajbhasha) RINL. Dr.T Hymavathi, Co-ordinator proposed vote of thanks.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


The Indian Navy Handball Championship 2017-18 held from 10 July at Fleet Sports Complex concluded today, 14 July 2017. The championship was conducted by INS Virbahu under the aegis of Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command and Indian Navy Sports Control Board. Teams from the Eastern, Western and Southern Naval Commands participated in the event. The championship was conducted on a league cum knock out basis and aimed at selecting outstanding players for representing the Indian Navy in handball. A total of five matches were played. The event helps in popularising Handball and generates better acumen and sportsmen spirit in this high intensity sport. In a closely contested finals between Eastern Naval Command team and Southern Naval Command (SNC) team this evening, SNC team emerged winner by 24 goals to 23 and was adjudged the winner of the Indian Navy Handball Championship 2017-18. Rear Admiral Deepak Kapoor, Chief Staff Officer (Personnel and Administration) ENC was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony and gave away medals to winning players and trophies to the winner and runners-up teams.

Friday, July 14, 2017

RINL inks MoU with CCI for setting up Cement Plant

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and Cement Corporation of India (CCI), a PSU under Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to set up 2 mtpa Fly Ash and Blast Furnace Slag based Cement Plant in a Joint Venture in two phases of one million tonne capacity each. RINL generates a large quantity of BF slag and fly ash, prime raw material for the Cement Plant. Sri Manoj Misra, Chairman cum Managing Director representing CCI and Sri P.C. Mohapatra, Director (Projects) representing RINL signed the MoU in the presence of Sri P Madhusudan CMD,RINL. The JV Project cost is approximately Rs.150 Cr. RINL is offering around 35 acres of land for the proposed plant in its premises. The project is proposed to be completed in 15 months from the date of placement of order. Speaking on the occasion, Sri P Madhusudan, CMD,RINL expressed confidence that CCI would set up the plant with state of the art technology in a pollution free environment, with professional way and in a time bound manner. He observed that CCI should show commitment with their expertise to translate the dream into reality and RINL would extend necessary support to realize the goal in this regard, he added. Sri Manoj Misra, CMD said that CCI is one of the lowest cost producer of cement in the country and joining hands with RINL will be a win-win situation for both the Companies and help both the PSUs to offer more integrated product solutions to their customers. Sri D.N.Rao, Director (Operations), Sri P Raychaudhury, Director (Commercial), Sri Kishore Chandra Das, Director (Personnel) and Sri V V Venugopala Rao, Director (Finance) from RINL and Sri B.V.N. Prasad, Director (HR) and Sri S. Sakthimani, Director (Finance) from CCI were also present. Executive Directors and General Managers from RINL were present on the occasion. The location of the proposed plant shall result in immense logistical cost benefits due to availability of BF slag and Fly ash. The nearby port shall also provide avenues for export of Cement as well as import of Clinker, if required. Plant and machinery available with CCI are expected to bring down the project cost. The cost data as indicated by CCI apparently makes CCI one of the lowest cost manufacturers of Clinker in India.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief, Myanmar Armed Forces, accompanied by his wife Mrs Kyu Kyu Hla and a fifteen member high level delegation including Lieutenant General Soe Htut Commander Bureau of Special Operations and Chief of Military Security Affairs, Rear Admiral Moe Aung Chief of Staff (Navy) arrived at Visakhapatnam on a three-day visit to the Eastern Naval Command(ENC) from 11 to 13 July 17. The Senior General interacted with Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC and held discussions today, 12 July 17. The delegation was briefed on the role and function of the Command. Later, the delegation visited INS Satpura, a submarine and important establishments of the Command and was briefed on various naval training facilities at Visakhapatnam. The Senior General also visited Coast Guard Ship Samudra Pehredar and witnessed the pollution control demonstration. Mrs Kyu Kyu Hla interacted with the Committee Members and ladies of the Navy Wives Welfare Association(NWWA) (Eastern Region) and visited the NWWA facilities during her stay at Visakhapatnam.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Book Reading Workshop For Children

Another FIRST by The Launch Pad, a city-based Training Company operating since the year 2010, aptly described by satisfied clients/parents with a simple phrase-Training and Beyond! They have many FIRSTS to their credit-Be it holding the first and only Storytelling Festival in the city to drive home the fact that learning should be fun, be it using Theatre and Storytelling as educational tools for the first time in the city, be it conducting Theatre and Storytelling workshops every summer to teach children to love and master the English language because it plays a key role in helping an individual progress personally and professionally, be it using storytelling and theatre as educational tools to train year after year for the last 8 years to make learning fun, and be it providing excellent training to both children and adults so that the majority of them who take the Trinity College London GESE (Graded Exam In Spoken English)exam pass with distinction-their journey is a chronicle of giving the required tools to individuals in their journey towards excellence! Their USP is customizing training programmes for their clients- whether they are IT companies, Pharma companies, Schools, Colleges or Universities in the city. Participants of their Book Reading Workshop will embark on an enthralling journey, Wednesday after Wednesday- they will meet interesting characters, gather new words and styles of expressions to communicate with, learn how to correctly pronounce common words and speak with expression, collect nuggets of wisdom, learn life skills, learn what being a human requires……! Certified and experienced Storytellers will introduce them to renowned authors by bringing carefully chosen excerpts to life- all so that the children are drawn steadily but surely into the world of book reading! 6 Books will be done over a period of 6 months. Registration is on. Please contact Sangitaa Sehgall of The Launch Pad on 9490417053/905201881. Details of the Workshop: Duration – 6 Months Dates – July 12, 2017 – December 13,2017 Days – Wednesdays Timings – 5:30 to 7 PM

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Our wishes have been answered and finally the McDonalds store has opened up in Visakhapatnam. This is the first McD store in coastal Andhra that has a McCafe {which is a new concept} serving a wide variety of beverages to food lover. SECTIONS : The kitchen has different sections for vegetarian and non vegetarian food and no same oil is used to make veg and non-veg food. This will ensure a tension free bite for pure vegetarians and will help in maintaining hygiene. The food store is extreme vegetarian sensitive and takes special precaution to separate foods. Whats interesting is, the employees wear different colored aprons {green and red} just to make the point extra clear. FOOD OFFERED : The menu of Vizag McDonald’s is huge and offers different variety of burgers, wraps along with lip smacking fries, nuggets, rings etc. The famous Maharaja Mac will be the star of the show along with the new concept of McCafe. This concept of cafe was launched to provide variety in beverages and coffee and 30 different beverages are made available for food lovers to choose from. The McDonald’s coffee will be made out of pure Arabica bean and options of shakes, iced teas and desserts will also be available. WHERE AND HOW BIG : The store is located in the CMR Central Mall on the top floor and is spacious enough to seat 100 people. The 3000 sq feet store also has a personal cabin for throwing a private party which can seat 25 people at once. The breath taking view of hills and the city roads is an additional benefit of the top floor store which is run by a crew of 35 members trained in Hyderabad. INTERESTING FACTS : The employees of the fast food store are to wash hands and change gloves every hour to ensure proper hygiene. Also, all the food items are sourced from India itself and no exporting of items is required. Separate utensils are used to make and serve food items for vegetarians. Now, that is a desperate try to maintain decorum and hygiene. So what is the wait for? Rush to CMR Central ASAP before all the seats are taken.

Monday, July 10, 2017


Naval co-operation between India, US and Japan epitomises the strong and resilient relationship between the three democracies. The MALABAR series of exercises, initiated in 1992 between the Indian and US Navies, have steadily grown in scope, complexity and participation into a multifaceted exercise with the participation of Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). The 21st edition of the exercise, MALABAR-17 will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 10 to 17 July 2017. The primary aim of this exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the three navies as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. The scope of MALABAR-17 includes wide ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase at Chennai from 10 to 13 July 2017 and a diverse range of operational activities at sea during the Sea Phase from 14 to 17 July 17. The thrust of exercises at sea this year would be on Aircraft Carrier operations, Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Surface Warfare, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), Search and Rescue, Joint Manoeuvres and Tactical procedures. In addition, officials from the three countries will be flown onboard the ships at sea on 15 July 2017. The Indian Navy will be represented by the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya with its air wing, guided missile destroyer Ranvir, indigenous stealth frigates Shivalik and Sahyadri, indigenous ASW corvette Kamorta, missile corvettes Kora and Kirpan, one Sindhughosh class submarine, fleet tanker INS Jyoti and Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I. The US Navy will be represented by the ships from the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and other units from the US 7th Fleet. The US Navy forces will include the Nimitz class aircraft carrier Nimitz with its air wing, Ticonderoga class cruiser Princeton, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Kidd, Howard and Shoup along with integral helicopters, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine and one Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8A. The exercise will also witness a separate interaction between IN and USN Special Forces and Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams at the IN MARCOS training base INS Karna at Visakhapatnam. The JMSDF will be represented by JS Izumo, a helicopter carrier with SH 60K helicopters and JS Sazanami, a missile destroyer with SH 60K integral helicopter. MALABAR 17 will be another milestone with participation of 16 ships, two submarines and more than 95 aircraft, towards strengthening mutual confidence and inter operability as well as sharing of best practices between the Indian, Japanese and US Navies. The exercise is a demonstration of the joint commitment of all three nations to address common maritime challenges across the spectrum of operations and will go a long way in enhancing maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, for the benefit of the global maritime community.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

RINL organizes ABC Meet to enhance steel usage

Sri P Madhusudan, CMD,RINL called upon the builders, architects and construction engineers to play a significant role in enhancing the usage of steel since 65% of steel is being used by the construction and infra sectors in the country. Sri Madhusudan said that Vizag Steel caters largely to the needs of various customers particularly in the infra and construction projects because of its stringent specifications and high quality products. He made this observation during the "Architects, Builders & Construction (ABC) Engineers meet" organized by Vizag Steel Plant on Friday evening in Visakhapatnam. He exhorted the builders, architects to think innovatively and contribute in building Vizag as a "Smart City" using Vizag Steel products and create an environment to spur steel usage in the region. He said that Steel Industry is in a crucial juncture because of global surplus capacity. The GOIs policy initiatives for providing preference to domestically manufactured iron and steel products in government procurements, provided a great relief to the steel sector. He hailed the government for initiating various measures for protecting the steel industry and increasing the consumption of steel in the country. He visualized a bright future for the Steel sector as GOI is giving major impetus to real, infra, highway and Rail projects. In his welcome address, Sri P Raychaudhury, Director (Commercial) RINL said that RINL is conducting such meetings in various parts of the country to further the business in long product segment and to promote usage of steel at national level, and also to make aware of the people about the quality products of Vizag Steel. He said that the Ministry of Steel has set an ambitious target of taking the countrys steel output to 300 MT by 2030 from 100 MT now, and is taking various measures to boost the sector. The government has approved National Steel Policy 2017 (NSP) in this regard, he added. Sri PC Mohapatra, Director (Projects), Sri VV Venugopal Rao, Director (Finance), Sri PK Rath, ED (Operations) were present on the occasion. Sri Chakraborty, GM (Marketing) I/c, Sri KK Ghosh, GM(Mills), Sri ELN Srinivas, Branch Manager(Marketing) participated. Sri J Satyanarayana, GM(Marketing) proposed a vote of thanks. Sri Durga Prasad and Sri Sai Srinivas, AGMs (Marketing) co- ordinated the programme. RINL gave a presentation on "Development of Fe 500 S Grade TMT Bars". Other presentations highlighted increasing usage of steel and steel as the preferred material for construction. Dr Mahendra Madhavan, IIT, Hyderabad gave a presentation on "Need of the Nation" stating on the increased usage of steel. A Large number of builders, architect and construction engineers from the city attended.

Friday, July 7, 2017


The 112th Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) meeting was conducted by Waltair Division under the chairmanship of Shri. Mukul Saran Mathur, Divisional Railway Manager, Waltair Division, East Coast Railway at DRM’s conference hall today ie 07.07.2017. Shri Ajay Arora, ADRM, Waltair along with Divisional Branch Officers attended the meeting. The last meeting of this DRUC committee which was formed in 2014, was attended by 11 members representing various organizations such as Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Cultural association, Recognized Passenger Association, Special Interest and Hon’ble MP nominees were present for the meeting. Shri G.Suneel Kumar, Divisional Commercial Manager (Coordination and Secretary / DRUCC welcomed the members and introduced New Chairman to members and vice-versa. Shri Mukul Saran Mathur, DRM and Chairman of DRUCC in his address, briefed about achievements of the Division, developmental activities elaborated about the initiative taken and assured that better services will be provided to passengers. Mentioning the importance of social medias role in complaint redressal management, he said that Waltair Division very active in this. He admired the role of DRUCC members for giving good feedback and playing constructive role. On this occasion DRM Shri Mukul Saran Mathur released "Rail Compass"- handy rail info brochure containing useful and important information for passengers. The DRUCC members appealed for various passenger amenities such as toilets, cleanliness, additional foot over bridges, continuation Visakhapatnam-Jagdalpur train, dustbins in all class of coaches, a train connecting Parvatipuram and Amaravati, unauthorized vending in trains etc. DRM assured for necessary action as per the provisions laid and surprise checks will be conducted to check the unauthorized travel/ vending. The members present at the meeting were 1. Shri K. Lingeswara Rao, Consumer protection council, 2.Shri.U.V.Appa Rao-nominated by Shri.Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Honble Union Minister for Civil Aviation, 3.Shri.D.Srinivasa Rao- nominated by Smt. Kothapalli Geetha, Hon’ble MP, Araku, 4. Shri. B.Laxmi Narayana- nominated by Dr.K.Haribabu, Hon’ble MP (Lok Sabha), Visakhapatnam, 5. Shri. N.Dhanpalan, President, Malayalee Welfare Association, Visakhapatnam, 6.Shri Bharat Agarwal, J.K. Corporations, Jay Kay pur, Rayagada, 7.Shri. Dilip Singh Kushawa, Nominated by Shri Dinesh Kashyap, Hon’ble MP, Jagdalpur, 8. Shri.G.Srinivasa Rao, Nominated by Shri Avanti Srinivasa Rao, Hon’ble MP, Anakapalle, 9. Shri Ravada Simhadri Naidu, 10.ShriK. Satyanarayana and 11. Smt. Lakshmi Patnaik under special Interest category. Secretary,DRUCC, Shri Suneel Proposed vote of thanks.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Rich tributes paid to Alluri Sitarama Raju

RINL paid rich tributes to Alluri Sitarama Raju on the occasion of his 120th birth anniversary in Ukkunagaram. Sri P Raychaudhury, Director (Commercial) RINL was the chief guest. Sri Chaudhury garlanded the statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju and paid floral tributes to the great freedom fighter. Addressing the gathering, Sri Chaudhury recalled the sacrifices and services of Alluri Sitarama Raju in protecting the tribal rights in the agency area and his crusade against the British rule. Union leaders, representatives of Ukkunagaram Kshatria Association, SC&ST association and a large number of employees participated and paid floral tributes to the freedom fighter.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

ENC conducts in-service Graduation Examination

Over 500 sailors appeared in the first ‘End of Term Graduation Examination’ at Navy Children School Nau Sena Baugh, Visakhapatnam from 19 June to 02 July 17. The new initiative towards enhancing the educational qualification of the sailors, Indian Navy had signed a MoU with Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi in May last year for recognition of in-Service training and award of Graduation Degree to serving sailors. Graduation such as BA, BBA and BCom are offered to serving sailors through Regional Jamia Navy Study Centres at Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi and Visakhapatnam. In-service training of the sailors has been recognised as first two years of Graduation Degree and third year syllabus is to be completed through Distance Learning mode with JMI. A total of 786 sailors of ENC were registered in the first Academic Year 2016-17 at Visakhapatnam Centre.