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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
VIZAG ARTISTES'' PATRIOTIC SONG STRIKES A CHORD : A passionate patriotic song brought out by a team of musicians from the city has been generating quite a buzz online. Composed by Vijay Bharadwaj, the song titled ''Insaan Sahi…Vande Mataram'' was released on Independence Day on YouTube. The five-minute song is strung together with powerful lyrics and strong music composition on the theme of unity and a message to the public to stop fighting in the name of religion. "This is our version of Vande Mataram with a heartfelt message for the 71st Independence Day," said Mr. Bharadwaj, a third year student of B.Tech of GITAM University. The recording and mixing of the five-minute video was done by Himagiri K who owns the Himagiri Studios. The lead guitarist is Mohammed Pervez, a known name in the city''s music circuit, the cinematography was done by Rahul Katikala and editing by Raviteja Kurmana. The music was composed by Bharadwaj during his internship days in Chennai where his friend Koshlendra Singh penned the lyrics suiting the patriotic theme. "My initial idea was to record the song with videos of freedom struggle. But that would have been any other regular video. After I approached Mr. Pervez with the song and the concept, he gave some great constructive feedback which improved the overall music and later helped me collaborate with the best of the names in the music scene of Vizag," said Mr. Bharadwaj, who started developing a keen interest in music from an early age which led him to participate and excel at State-level music competitions in the keyboard. Later, he took training in Carnatic classical music and now wants to pursue a full-fledged career in music. "I am looking at music colleges abroad where I can hone my skills to pursue my career in music," he added. The young musician has also played at city concerts. In recent times, talented musicians have used the YouTube platform well to make their fabulous work known. Several artistes from Visakhapatnam got their moment in the sun and many musical careers are flourishing high as a result of this. The initial response to the video of ''Insaan Sahi…'' has given a boost to the team. "We had a little time of around a month to get the song recorded as our aim was to release it by Independence Day. We are happy that it is getting positive response from people," said Mr. Bharadwaj.
FIVE TEAMS EMERGE WINNERS AT HACKATHON : Five teams emerged as winners at the ''She Builds Tech – Smart City Hackathon'' organised by Girls in Tech Foundation in association with APSCHE, Department of Youth Services, Government of Andhra Pradesh, US Consulate General, Hyderabad and Andhra University. The ideas that won were ''Nano Sol'' - a solar energy harnessing paint, a water grid solution system, geo fencing, ''Intelligent Ambi'' – a smart ambulance service and ''Tour Gel'' –convenient routing and scheduling for tourist. The event that spanned across two days saw participation from 300 girls from various engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The theme for the hackathon was organised in four topics - collaborative governance, digital solutions to improve physical infrastructure, ''tech naari'' and eco- city. Meanwhile, Gitam University girl students walked away with hackathon prizes for their innovative ideas at the hackathon. D. Vilekha, V. Krishna Meghana, S. Swetha, Santoshi Rakshita, R. Shivangi and Nupur Biswas from the university won prizes. The group created a mobile app that pops up the statistics such as power consumed and efficient utilisation of resources. Principal of GITAM Institute of Technology K. Lakshmi Prasad lauded the efforts made by achievers.

Monday, August 21, 2017
VISAKHAPATNAM AIRPORT UNDERGOES WIDE SCALE EXPANSION AND DEVELOPMENT : Visakhapatnam International Airport is under massive expansion. The project announced last year has already showed success. Six new parking bays have been set up to facilitate the night parking requirements here. As planned earlier there is an increase in the number of early morning flights. Presently the aerobridge can accommodate not more than six aircrafts at a time. The work on creating additional bays has almost been completed as indicated by the airport director. It is expected to be ready by th end of this month. Going by reports, the number of international flights has been increased massively from 55,634 in the year 2014-15 to 1,12,298 in the year 2015-16. The airport in Vizag has seen an increase in the number of domestic passengers from 10,40,963 in 2014-15 to 16,85,400 in the year 2015-16. The Goods and Services Tax has had a favourable impact. It has made travelling by air cheaper than earlier. This has contributed to the increasing passenger count. The international flights have also been increased by 50 per cent. As of now, there are three international flights to Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore being operated from the city’s airport. In addition to this there will be Vizag-Colombo flight coming up which will be operated by the Air Lanka. The increase in connectivity of flights from Vizag to 14 other domestic destinations makes capacity addition at the airport necessary. The airport is likely to witness the expansion of the airport by increasing the number of terminals. The check in areas will be streamlined soon with the festival season coming up. This expansion is being done by the Union Government. The expansion is by the government spending around Rs 28 crores for this. The airport at Bhogapuram area in Vizianagaram is most likely to take another five years for development and operation.
KGH DOCTORS BLAME MEDICAL CORPORATION FOR PROJECT DELAYS : Several projects of King George Hospital (KGH) and Andhra Medical College (AMC) are getting inordinately delayed, with doctors across several departments blaming the AP Medical Services Infrastructure Development Corporation (APMSIDC) for its ''lackadaisical attitude'', allegations that were promptly refuted by the corporation. APMSIDC, which is entrusted with civil works and constructions, allegedly delayed the opening of the multi-disciplinary research (MDR) unit and is dragging its feet on the access route to the emergency medicine department (EMD) and Andhra Medical College. However, APMSIDC officials refuted the allegations, saying the delay is being caused due to issues pertaining to approvals and modifications in plans. "The MDR unit, which was supposed to house the labs of the microbiology and pathology departments in AMC, was supposed to be built by June 30. The old neurology ward was earmarked for this central government-funded project. Already, Rs 20 lakh has been spent on renovating the old ward to make it suitable for the proposed MDR unit. Nearly two months have passed since the deadline but the research unit is still not ready. We had ordered for equipment and there is no place to even keep them till the unit becomes functional," a doctor said requesting anonymity. A professor from another department added, "Though the department was inaugurated in June, patients cannot be taken there because the road leading to the EMD has been dug up. For the last two years, the approach road to AMC ahead of Rajendra Prasad ward, was blocked with construction material lying all over the place. So, all doctors and other AMC staff have to take a roundabout route to enter the main AMC office building and give their biometric attendance. As they have to cross the mortuary on their way, they get delayed because of the crowd, police vehicles and dead bodies. The usual approach road to AMC should be cleared immediately." AMC principal Dr Sudhakar agreed that the projects are incomplete and are past the deadline. "We are waiting for a number of projects to be completed by APMSIDC," he said. Asked about the delay, APMSIDC executive engineer Umesh Kumar said, "The work of MDR unit is almost complete. There were some modifications in the original plan as required by AMC and it increased the workload. As for the CSR block, we were waiting for permission from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board for the last one year for the oncology unit in the cellar. We got it now and are waiting for further clearance from the AERB for the nuclear medicine unit on the first floor. For the EMD, we are constructing a retaining wall and then a concrete cement road leading to it will be built. Some other contractors are involved in minor works. We hope to get it completed in a fortnight and also plan to open the original approach road to AMC within three months."
BKS SEEKS CHANGES IN FARM POLICY TO ENCOURAGE AGRO UNITS : Bharatiya Kisan Manch organising secretary Dinesh Dattatraya Kulkarni on Sunday called for major reforms in the agriculture sector to encourage agro industries and increase land-holding of rural farmers to solve the unemployment problem. Delivering the keynote address at a meeting organised by Sri Gopalrao Thakur Smaraka Samithi on ''Agriculture and Grameena Bharat Today: Challenges and Solutions,'' he said during the British rule the rural-based agriculture was slowly damaged to exploit the masses. Before their entry, several businesses used to be dependent on farmers and the rural areas used to be self-sufficient. Mr. Kulkarni said the Englishmen created forest, police, revenue and other departments to extract money in different forms from the rural farmers. Giving credit to rural farmers, he said the farmers were totally self-reliant due to judicious use of water and involvement of locals in farming operations. Mr. Kulkarni said the government should ensure remunerative price to the farmers, procure their produce at the declared price and develop a marketing system. The demand for loan waiver by the farmers arose following the failure of the powers-that-be to provide remunerative price. "Many problems including unemployment and farmers'' suicide cropped up with agriculture by small land-holding farmers turning unviable. To solve unemployment problem and arrest urban migration, the government should encourage group farming and by cooperatives in rural areas," he said. The meeting felicitated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh members Vadlamudi Brahmananda Rao, Pappu Sriram Murthy and Duvvuru Satyanarayana Murthy.
LOKESH TO INAUGURATE CYBER TOWER ON AUG. 24 : The new building of Tech Mahindra named as Cyber Tower and taken on lease by the AP Electronics and IT Agency (APEITA) will be inaugurated by IT Minister Nara Lokesh on August 24. A top official of APEITA, an autonomous organisation floated by the State government to promote investments in electronics and IT sector, told that Mr. Lokesh had given consent to inaugurate the super-structure located in the heart of the city. The new building has one lakh sft. The space on the 11-floor building (including parking space in basement) with the state-of-the-art facilities has been taken on lease by APEITA to encourage investments in IT. Visakhapatnam is the main IT destination in Andhra Pradesh with a turnover of Rs.2,000 crore. It is home to big players including Tech Mahindra, Wipro, HSBC, IBM, Concentrix and WNS. Space constraint for allotment to investors with plug and play facilities, the government has taken in addition to Tech Mahindra''s new facility, three buildings on lease in the city. This includes a building belonging to Mahati Software at Cyber Valley located at Rushikonda which was subsequently converted into Fintech Tower, 24,000 sft at VUDA building at Seethammadhara and 35,000 sft at a commercial building on VIP road. APEITA is now in advance stage of constructing Millennium Tower at Rushikonda near the Incubation Hut where two lakh sft of built-up area is being created in a IoT-enabled cyclone-resistant super-structure at a cost of Rs.180 crore. The construction is being executed through the APIIC.