30th October, 2007

Mr KS ShankarVSP NEW DIRECTOR (FINANCE) : According to a Press Release to, Mr. KS Shankar assumed as Director (Finance) of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant on Monday, 29th October, 2007. An experienced cost accountant, Mr. Shankar has rich managerial experience in corporate financial management and accounting. He is at present chief patron of Ukkunagaram chapter of cost accountants and vice-chairman of city chapter of Computer Society of India.


31st August, 2007

Mr. C.G.PATILSRI C.G.PATIL ASSUMES CHARGE AS DIRECTOR (COMMERCIAL) AT RINL : According to a Press Release to, Sri Chandrasekhar Ghansyam Patil assumed charge as Director (Commercial) at Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), the holding Company of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. Sri Patil took charge from Sri HS Chhatwal who retired from service on 31st August, 2007. Born on 22nd February, 1950 at Bhusawal, Maharashtra, Sri CG PATIL obtained B.Tech (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He also took his graduate Diploma in Materials Management from the Indian Institute of Materials Management.
Shri Patil started his career as Junior Project Engineer in the Project Engineering Department of Rourkela Steel Plant of Steel Authority of India Limited and joined Visakhapatnam Steel Plant on 16.04.81 as Assistant Manager (Purchase). Sri Patil has rich experience in Materials Management and Marketing. During his tenure in Marketing, Sri Patil worked in various capacities and held very important positions and contributed immensely in bringing in record sales year after year in Marketing Department. Sri Patil took efforts to spread the material consumption in rural areas by appointing District Level Dealers (DLDs) at various locations all over the country. A widely traveled person, Sri Patil visited many foreign countries like Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Germany and China. Sri Patil is currently the Vice Chairman of Vizag Zone of CII, Andhra Pradesh Chapter.


26th July, 2007

NEW RDOs IN DISTRICT : K. Prabhakara Rao has taken charge as Revenue Divisional Officer at Narsipatnam on Wednesday. He was transferred from Peddapuram in East Godavari. D. Venkata Reddy took charge as Visakhapatnam RDO on Saturday. An Ayurvedic physician from Vaddadi in Visakhapatnam district S. Sri Rama Chandra Murty has been elected as a Director of the Chennai-based Indian Medical Cooperative Pharmacy and Stores (Impcops). He would represent coastal Andhra (north) comprising of East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts in the 6,000-member strong Impcops. Dr. Murty said he would strive to reopen the Impcops manufacturing unit at Tadepalli, open sales depots in all districts, create awareness about Ayurvedic medicines and conduct free medical camps.


6th July, 2007

SIMHACHALAM TEMPLE NEW EO : Mr. Ramachandra Mohan has taken charge as Executive Officer of Simhachalam Devasthanam, Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, 4th July. Prior to his posting here, Mohan served as deputy commissioner of State Endowments Commissionerate at Hyderabad. Mohan told reporters that the would offer a just and transparent administration to the people and assured of protecting the properties of the endowments.


18th June, 2007

NEW CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER : Mr. N. Sambasiva Rao, IPS took charge as the Commissioner of Police on Sunday, 17th June. Mr. Rao took charge from V.S.K. Kaumudi, who was appointed as Additional Commissioner (traffic) in Hyderabad. Mr. Sambasiva Rao said he would finalise his priorities after studying various issues. He said Vizag was a peaceful city and he would pursue the construction of new building for the commissionerate and formation of new police stations at Gangavaram, PM Palem and Airport area and upgrading the police stations at Pendurthy and Parawada.

Dr. Akun Sabharwal, IPS took charge as the Superintendent of Police (Rural) on Sunday, 17th June. Dr. Sabharwal assumed the office from DIG of Visakhapatnam Range Jitender. He said, he would accord priority to combat the activity of Maoists and land mafia, a special joint action committee had been formed with Revenue Divisional Officer, Registrar and CI of Bheemunipatnam as members to review land disputes. The panel, which has already started functioning, was set up in consultation with District Collector A.K. Singhal and Mr. Jitender.


11th June, 2007

Lav Agrawal, IAS

EPDCL NEW CMD : According to a press release to Sri Lav Agrawal, IAS took charge as Chairman and Managing Director of Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited on 10th June 2007 at 12.00 Noon. He was earlier Collector of West Godavari District and also worked in the C.M Peshi. The CMD, in his opening address stated that in the present competitive environment, there was no point in being second best. He had heard that EPDCL was the best and being the best, we had to top by a margin, so that there would be no competition. He also stated that ownership is the key to success and a team had to own the work that they take up to ensure success.


8th June, 2007

NEW CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER : IRS officer of 1975 batch Rakesh Kumar took over as Customs Commissioner in Visakhapatnam recently. He hails from Uttar Pradesh and is a post-graduate in Physics. Earlier, he had held the posts of Commissioner of Central Excise at Vadodra and Chief Vigilance Officer of the Shipping Corporation of India. Two more IRS officers of 2005 batch - Suja and Mani Maran - were posted as Assistant Commissioners of Customs in the city.


16th May, 2007

SHRI. C. VENUGOPAL AS SR. DIVISIONAL COMMERCIAL MANAGER OF WALTAIR DIVISION : According to a press release to, Shri. C. Venugopal, 1990 batch officer of Indian Railway Traffic Service assumed on 4th May 2007 as Sr. Divisional Commercial Manager of Waltair Division, Earlier he had been in the post for around two years till April 2005 during which the Division has witnessed improvements in Passenger Services and won the Commercial Shield. Prior to this posting Shri. Venugopal was the Sr. Divisional Operations Manager here.


1st May, 2007


SRI P.K. BISHNOI ASSUMES CHARGE AS CMD - RINL : According to a press release to, Sri P.K.BISHNOI assumed the charge as Chairman - Cum Managing Director at Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), the holding company of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant today. A graduate Engineer from Indian School of Mines (an IIT), Dhanbad, Sri Bishnoi obtained MBA from the prestigious IIM, Ahmedabad. Prior to joining RINL, as Director (Finance) on 1st April, 2004, Sri Bishnoi had worked with Larsen & Toubro-Bombay, Planning Commission- New Delhi and Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd in various functions like Marketing, Exports, Works, Finance etc., before assuming general management responsibilities and Directorship of the PSU.

Sri Bishnoi was also associated with several non- PSU Joint ventures with MNCs including companies in Dubai & London. Sri Bishnoi has widely traveled all over the World. At Vizag Steel, Sri Bishnoi is credited with path-breaking initiatives in the areas of Agro-forestry, Foreign-exchange Management, Cost reduction in Financial services, Insurance, in-house Communication and Knowledge enhancement, ISO 9000 for finance function and RINADS, the in-house advt. agency, to name a few. Sri Bishnoi has also been spearheading VSP's efforts in implementing ERP and several Joint Venture (JV) initiatives for SMS grade Limestone, Coking Coal, Ferro Manganese etc., 
Sri Bishnoi was Chairman of the Ministry of Steel appointed Committee to study and recommend assured supplies of Coking Coal to SAIL and RINL and his recommendation for formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) amongst RINL, SAIL, Coal India, NTPC and NMDC to acquire Coking coal assets overseas by investing Rs. 10,000 crores initially and going upto Rs. 25,000 crores was well accepted and the proposal for formation of the said SPV is under consideration of the Government. Sri Bishnoi is also a member of the Bagchi Committee, set up by the Ministry of Steel for restructuring BIRD group of Companies.

30th April, 2007

Vice Admiral Raman Prem Suthan

NEW FLAG OFFICER COMMANDING-IN-CHIEF : According to a press release to, Vice Admiral Raman Prem Suthan, will assume command of the Eastern Naval Command on 30th April 07, at a ceremonial parade held at Naval base. The Eastern seaboard has gained prominence in the  recent past and  this is witnessed by enhanced interactions with our maritime neighbours like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and other states of South East Asia. The Eastern Fleet is presently on overseas deployment and its ships have just visited China, Russia, Japan and Singapore to exercise with their naval ships.

All this is in consonance with the 'Look East Policy' of our country. Admiral Suthan takes over the Eastern Naval Command from Vice Admiral Arun Kumar Singh who could be retiring from service on 30th April 07.

March, 2007

K. Dorabbayi (Dorababu)

NEW DEPUTY MAYOR TAKING CHARGE : K. Dorabbayi (Dorababu) taking charge as new deputy Mayor of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, on 7th March, 2007.

March, 2007

K. Dorabbayi (Dorababu)

NEW MAYOR FOR GVMC : Pulusu Janardhana Rao took charge as the new Mayor of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, on 6th March, 2007.