Monthly Archives: July 2016

Hyderabad girl Jaahnavi conquers ‘beast mountain’ Denali


Hyderabad :

After Sania, Saina and Sindu, here is another name that which has been added to the list of global stars from Hyderabad and India – Jaahnavi Sriperambuduru. This 14-year-old mountaineer and adventure sports wiz from Hyderabad who created records by climbing Stok Kangri peak in Leh, Ladakh which is 20,080 ft (6125 mts.) high at an early age of 12 years only, has just scaled Mt Denali in South America (other records in the box). It is part of her ambitious #SevenSummits project.

“While many other teams aborted their tour and returned to base camp due to prediction of snow, TeamJaahnavi and chief guide Con took the call that evening to go ahead with their plan. Despite bad weather, the fear of running out of food and lack of safety, they decided to go ahead. That is what makes her the gritty girl she is,” says her dad Dr Krishna Rao Sriperambuduru. As per her schedule she was supposed to be completing her two of the #SevenSummits and two practice climbs at different parts of the Northern India. But due to financial constraints, she could not do it and hence her aim to reach the Everest is yet to be fulfilled.

The youngest person to aspire to climbing all the seven summits in the world from India, so far she has completed three continents out of her #Mission7Summit. She is planning to complete her #Mission7Summit by the end of 2017 provided she gets her funds and support in time.

Mt. Denali (also known as Mt. McKinley), 6190 mt high, is considered to be extremely difficult and dangerous when compared to Mt. Everest. Till date there are barely five from India who made it to the top. The success rate of the climb is just 50 percent. Speak of Mt Denali and even veteran mountaineers will warn about two challenges during the climb – Wind at 120 km/h;he unpredictable climate. However, the little wonder from the city has made it.

Says Jaahnavi, “So far only one company – Mytrah Energy – has come forward to sponsor a part of the expedition. Dhatri Advertising is helping me too.” This expedition, which will cost more than climbing the Everest, is also being self-financed. Apart from some good Samaritans who are supporting some part of the expedition, a chunk of the expenditure has been raised by herself.

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source> / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Hyderabad / by Express Features / July 27th, 2016

Hoary Velama past in Telangana recalled

It is cultural diversity that made Telangana a rich State with a tolerant identity, revealed a book “History of Velama Kingdoms” released here on Saturday.

The book written by T. Dayakar Rao, Chairman, Board of Studies, Department of History and Tourism, Kakatiya University that focused mostly on contribution of Velama caste ruled kingdoms was published by Sri Bhagvan Publication. The book speaks volumes about the benevolent nature of Velama kings of Rachakonda and Devarakonda who were not just akin to the Nizam but also fierce opponents of the British rule.

Speaking at the meet, B. V Papa Rao, advisor to the Government of Telangana and a former IAS officer, said books which bring out the histories in the State will have to be encouraged , he said.

The book which was released had details of the Velama rule in Nalgonda district. Both Rachakonda and Devarakonda were vassal States.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – July 31st, 2016

St Francis’ science club turns ten


Hyderabad :

It’s fun when you turn one! And 100 times the fun when you turn ten. Spectrum, the Science Club of St. Francis College, organised its 10th Investiture Ceremony, RESURGENCE-THE NEW DAWN on Wednesday and needless to say, it was a vibrant and spirited event.

The event was set aboard by the principal Dr. Sister Christine Fernandes. Spectrum also chronicled its history and showcased it for the public by means of a presentation titled “The Chronicles Of Spectrum” prepared by the President of the Club, Nikhila. Sri Devi Jasthi (nutritionist), Dr Rita Kakkar (former HOD of Chemistry, St.Francis) and Jaya Shree Prakash(Former HOD of physics, St.Francis) were the chief guests for the event.

The office bearers initiated into their roles by the dignitaries and took their oath on this very day. The cultural team, led by their head Hafeez organised two fun packed performances.

Apart from entertaining activities, Spectrum Club also paid a tribute to late APJ Abdul Kalam by the means of a video presentation. The event was concluded with the Vote Of Thanks given by the Vice President of the club, Apurva.

source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Hyderabad / by Soumya Kumar / July 28th, 2016

Actor from Hyderabad crowned Mr. World


Rohit Khandelwal has become the first Indian to win the coveted title of Mr. World 2016 at the grand finale of the competition held at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre in Southport in U.K.

The 26-year-old model-actor from Hyderabad defeated 46 contestants from across the globe to be crowned the first Indian winner last night. Mr. Khandelwal, who looked dapper in a tuxedo by designer Nivedita Saboo, received a cash prize of $50,000 on winning.

“I still can’t believe that I have won the Mr. World title. Being the first Indian ever to win this title internationally makes me immensely proud and ecstatic. It’s a dream come true and am very thankful to the Miss India Organisation for giving me this opportunity and guiding me throughout my exciting journey,” he said.

Family support

“My family, friends and my fans have been a constant support for me and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my well-wishers,” he said.

Mr. World 2014 Nicklas Pedersen (Denmark) passed on the title to Khandelwal. Fernando Alvarez, 21, from Puerto Rico and Aldo Esparza Ramirez, 26, from Mexico were the first and second runners-up respectively.

The event was hosted by Filipino superstar and Miss World 2013 Megan Young alongside professional singer and former Mr. England Jordan Williams and Frankie Cena of Canada.

Mr. Khandelwal also competed for various sub-titles at the pageant like Mr. World Multimedia Award, Mr. World Talent, Mobstar People’s Choice Awards, Mr. World Sports Event and won the Mr. World Multimedia Award.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / PTI / London – July 21st, 2016

VSoft to commercialise its Jeb app

Banking technology solutions and services firm VSoft Technologies that has developed a mobile app for the users to receive and pay money instantly is looking forward to roll out of the Unified Payment Interface by the National Payments Corporation of India.

Confident of an early launch and announcement of the transaction charges on the UPI platform, the Hyderabad company is in talks with banks to commercialise its ‘Jeb’ app. The company will announce next month banks who would be integrating Jeb on their mobile banking platform, VSoft Technologies chairman and CEO Murthy Veeraghanta said on Monday. The highlights of the app, company executives said, are its security as well ease of use features when transferring money from one account to another. The app allows users to add multiple bank accounts, view balance and transact from any account through a single platform. The users could interact with the application even through a voice command.

An alternative to cash payment, the app can be used to conduct a host of regular payments towards the purchasing groceries, paying schools fees and utility bills.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – July 27th, 2016

Rare honour for Tanikella Bharani

This is the first time that a Telugu book was launched in the British Parliament

 Actor Tanikella Bharani
Actor Tanikella Bharani


A rare honour was bestowed on writer-actor-director Tanikella Bharani when his latest book Pyaasa was launched in the British Parliament. This is the first time that a Telugu book was launched in the British Parliament.

“This book is inspired by Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat. My earlier book was on Shiva, and appealed to a limited audience. Pyaasa however, is about love which is universal and thus will appeal to a wider section of people. That’s why the book was released in some of the main cities of the world,” says Bharani.

Speaking about the book release in the British Parliament, Bharani said that Mandali Budha Prasad, deputy speaker of AP, facilitated the event through a British Parliament Member, and the UK Telugu Association. Dan Byles, British Parliament member, is married to a Telugu girl, Prashanthi Reddy.

Lord Loomba, another MP, was also present at the event. The book was also released in the main cities of AP and Telangana and in Australia.

source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Entertainment> Tollywood / DC – Suresh Kavirayan / October 20th, 2014

CITD becomes the first MSME institute to go solar

INNOVATIVE:Officials demonstrating Intelligent Dustbin, that gauges the amount of waste that falls in it, a patented product of Central Institute of Tool Design.-Photo: K.V.S. GIRI
INNOVATIVE:Officials demonstrating Intelligent Dustbin, that gauges the amount of waste that falls in it, a patented product of Central Institute of Tool Design.-Photo: K.V.S. GIRI

It will expand the solar power generation to 400 KWP in the days to come

Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) goes solar with Hyderabad-based Central Institute of Tool Design (CITD) installing a 50 KWP roof-top solar energy power plant that generates close to 250 units per day. The plant is the first to be installed in all of the 300 institutes and centres that come under the MSME.

Installation of the power plant has resulted in the institute saving Rs. 2.91 lakh every six months. The CITD is expected to expand its solar power generation to 400 KWP in the coming years. Solar power, once the plant reaches its full capacity will cover about 10 to 12 per cent of energy requirements of the institute.

The next MSME institute in the city to go for solar power is expected to be National Institute of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NIMSME), said Additional Secretary and Development Commissioner Ministry of MSME Surendranath Tripathi said at the inauguration of the plant here on Sunday.

However, other MSME institutes in Arga and Bhubaneswar are expected to install solar power plants before the NIMSME. “All of the 300 institutes in the MSME will go for solar power based on the requirement. The government has already assessed the requirement,” Mr. Tripathi told The Hindu .

Inaugurating the solar plant, Mr. Tripathi said, “The Ministry wants its institutes to be self-sufficient energy wise. The CITD has been working towards installing solar power plant much before other MSME institutes and hence it is the first in the country to get a solar power grid”. Established in 1968 the CITD is the first tool room in India. The campus offers courses to 11,000 to 12,000 students per year out of whom 300 are residential scholars.

The inaugural event also witnessed the launch of video conferencing facility for sharing live classes with sub-centres at Vijayawada, Vizag and Chennai.

CITD Principal Director Sujayat Khan informed that the institute provides four diploma courses, three Masters in Engineering courses in association with Osmania University and one M. Tech course in association with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. “The institute also provides vocational training and job oriented software skills for Graduate Engineers and Post Graduate Engineers.

The Placement Cell facilitates campus placement for students enrolled in the Institute,” said administrator Lt. Col. N. Ravi Chowdhary. The CITD also assists close to 2,000 small and medium industries in and around Hyderabad.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – July 25th, 2016