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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
SAMSUNG ANNOUNCES SMART HEALTHCARE PROGRAM AT KGH VISAKHAPATNAM : Samsung India has announced Samsung Smart Healthcare program at King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The program aims at providing affordable health care of high quality to people from economically and socially challenged backgrounds. The tech giant has provided advanced and innovative healthcare equipment such as digital ultrasound and digital x-ray manufactured by the company free to select government hospitals across the country. The facility was inaugurated by G.Srijana, IAS and Joint Collector, Visakhapatnam on Monday. The joint collector, on this occasion, appreciated the efforts by the officials to providing quality healthcare to economically challenged patients. Visakhapatnam district collector Pravin Kumar said, "Quality healthcare facilities are the need of the hour today. We are pleased to collaborate with Samsung India for this program. The Smart Healthcare initiative will equip the hospital with much-needed advanced healthcare devices to facilitate quality healthcare services. We are dedicated to offer affordable and advanced healthcare facilities for the people of Andhra Pradesh and welcome the support from Samsung to equip our hospitals with the latest healthcare equipment." "Samsung believes in transforming communities and creating a better life for people. We are pleased to partner with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to offer healthcare solutions with the effective use of technology. Through this collaboration, we aspire to provide people in Vishakhapatnam and its adjoining areas easy access to advanced healthcare facilities. Samsung Smart Healthcare program combines good infrastructure, latest technology and best available medical expertise under one roof," said Deepak Bhardwaj, Vice President, SamsungIndia.
AN AWARENESS PROGRAMME CONDUCTED AT VISAKHAPATNAM PUBLIC LIBRARY ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD SPARROW DAY : Heavy usage of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and concretisation of urban and rural areas are some of the main reasons behind the decline of house sparrows, according to K. Rambabu, member of Rythu Mitra Foundation. Speaking on the occasion of World Sparrow Day at an awareness programme held by Paryavarana Margadarsi Vaisakhi (PMV) at Visakhapatnam Public Library on Tuesday, Mr. Rambabu stressed the need for more conservation measures and research on common bird species and urban biodiversity. ''Green'' activist Usha Gajapathi Raju said the house sparrow is a member of food chain and food web and helps in pollination of many plants. "They eat larvae of many insects and protect us from many diseases which are life threatening. They also help farmers by eating the insects in the farms. By bringing it back, we are safeguarding our children''s future for a green and healthy environment. The sparrows have increased in my locality I started my kitchen and roof-top vegetable gardening at my house," she added. The Paryavarana Margadarsi Vaisakhi team has identified a few places in the city where house sparrows were thriving well and has started an awareness campaign. At the programme, clay bird nests and water bowls were distributed to school students.
A ''MAHA PADAYATRA'' IS BEING ORGANISED FROM MARCH 21 TO 29 FOR DEMANDING SCS AND RAILWAY ZONE : Demanding Special Category Status (SCS) and railway zone for Andhra Pradesh, with Visakhapatnam as the headquarters, a Mahapadayatra is being held in Visakhapatnam from March 21. The Mahapadayatra will be organised until March 29, and will cover all the 72 wards in the city. The nine-day protest is being undertaken by the Greater Visakhapatnam City Committee of the CPI(M). A poster was released by the party representatives at the Gandhi statue near the GVMC on Tuesday. Addressing the gathering, City Committee secretariat member R.K.S.V. Kumar said the BJP government had cheated the people by failing to implement the promises on setting up the railway zone, granting Special Category Status (SCS), and implementing other assurances given in the Act. He said all political parties had joined forces to fight against the deceit by the BJP. He alleged that the Modi government failed to honour the commitments made in the Act. The no-confidence motion against the NDA government had majority approval, but the BJP was preventing a discussion on the issue in Parliament. The railway zone and SCS would bring employment opportunities to educated youth. SCS would result in more industries dropping anchor in the State. The 11 Central universities sanctioned to the State had not been given adequate funds. The special packages promised to the backward districts in the North Andhra and Rayalaseema regions had also met the same fate, Mr. Kumar said. The padayatra would commence at Maddilapalem at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and cover all the 72 wards in the city. Former MP and CPI(M) State secretary P. Madhu would participate in the inaugural meet. He appealed to the people to participate in the padayatra and make it a success.
VIZAG PORT SET TO HANDLE 64 MILLION TONNES : Continuing its growth trajectory, Visakhapatnam Port Trust will not only surpass 63 million tonne target set by the Ministry of Shipping but also wind up the financial year with a total throughput of 64 million tonnes. This will be three million tonne more than the cargo handled during 2016-17 notwithstanding the industrial slump casting a shadow on the performance of the ports in the country. VPT Chairman M.T. Krishna Babu attributed their success to aggressive marketing, significant improvement in techno-economic parameters and competitive tariff offered by the port. He told on Tuesday that cargoes which used to be diverted to neighbouring ports had started coming back to the major port. Overall, the storage time offered by other ports for a longer period has become a handicap along with TAMP calculations applicable for PPP berth operators. "Despite all this for past four to six months, many are reposing faith in the efficiency of the port by coming back to us," he stated. One significant achievement for the port was introduction of coastal cargo shipment by Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited to Mumbai, Kochi and Ahmedabad. The port has also received favourable response from National Mineral Development Corporation to handle coking coal, gypsum and limestone at the Adani berth. NMDC is on the verge of completing construction of three million tonne integrated steel plant at Nagarnar, near Jagdalpur in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. VPT has promised to use the Adani berth as captive berth for NMDC subject to fulfilment of guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Shipping. Priority lending facility has been promised to the NMDC. Another welcome developing is that Vedanta Group is planning bauxite import through Super Cape vessels. Once the price recovery mechanism is worked out, along with bauxite, other cargoes may also be handled through Super Cape vessels. To withstand competition, VPT is also offering 50% discount on vessel-related charges on container cargo of below 50,000 gross register tonnage and 70% on above 50,000 GRT.