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    IIM Visakhapatnam makes a mark, gets new logo by HRD Minister

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    The Indian Institute of Management, IIM Visakhapatnam is carving a niche for itself and HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao has unveiled a new logo for it.

    On Sunday, the IIm Visakhapatnam got a brand new logo which was unveiled by HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao. It has not been many days since the inception of IIM at Visakhapatnam but it has already made its mark. It is located in a favourable place in Andhra Pradesh with Visakhapatnam being a business, commercial and international trade hub. In addition to this, the infrastructure as well as educational facilities available for the the students of IIM here is top notch. The development has been swift and beneficial as per the HRD Minister. Shoulder to shoulder with the IIM institutions else where, the one in Visakhapatnam has already attracted reputed companies for placements for the students from all over India who study here.

    The state of Andhra Pradesh is also requisitioning students from the institution to be a tool for socio-economic change by playing a more direct role in governance. The IIM Visakhapatnam is too be further developed and standards escalated so that the institute gathers global prominence and standards. Vizag is not called The City of Destiny for nothing. A city geared for changing into a Smart City in totality, it offers the proactive business and industry wise interface necessary for budding managers and corporate citizens to excel in their own right. The HRD Minister congratulated the institution and expressed hope and optimism at it’s progress.

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    Akhil Akkineni Hello audio launch live in Visakhapatnam

    Watch Akhil Akkineni’s Hello audio launch live in Visakhapatnam at MGM Grounds, R.K. Beach.


    Actor Akhil Akkineni is all set to greet us with his second film ‘Hello’. The movie, which is being produced by Nagarjuna Akkineni under the banner of Annapurna Studios, is written and directed by Vikram Kumar of ‘Manam’ fame. Apart from starring newcomer Kalyani Priyadarshan as the leading lady, the film’s cast also boasts of some veteran actors such as Jagapathi Babu and Ramya Krishnan.

    The movie’s teaser and trailer, that were released recently, have been receiving a good response and certainly seem to have raised the stakes.

    Watch ‘Hello’ Trailer here:

    Audio Launch in Visakhapatnam

    In what is coming as heartening news to all the Tollywood fans in the city, the film’s unit has decided to launch the audio in Visakhapatnam. As informed, the event will take place in the evening hours of December 10th at the M.G.M Grounds, R.K Beach in the city. It has also been informed that the fans might be in for a surprise as they might be treated with some exclusive releases of the action sequences from ‘Hello’.

    The movie’s audio has been composed by music director Anup Rubens. ‘Hello’ is all set to hit the screens on December 22nd.

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    The story of a famous tea stall in Vizag

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    Suresh, owner of a tea stall near the District Court (aka Judge Court) in Visakhapatnam talks about how he set up the stall three years ago, along with his brother, and what it means to him.

    “This tea stall belongs to my brother Ramu and me. We are three brothers and we stay with our parents. My mother is a housewife and my father is a retired employee. It has been three years since we set up this stall, which is now our main means of livelihood. Thankfully, our stall does not cause any traffic hindrances and we haven’t been asked to shift our locale.

    In our stall, we sell tea, coffee, milk, and biscuits. We make two types of teas. One is cinnamon and the other is ginger flavoured. The ginger tea, which is our specialty, has an invigorating aroma that rejuvenates the customers. Another thing that sets us apart is the fact that we are open even during the weekends.

    We have a wide range of customers coming to our stall. Be it the college students, or the office employees, or even the passers-by, everyone enjoys our beverages. While we use the normal tea powder as the base, the flavour additives make the difference.

    We open at 5.30 AM in the morning and serve up to 8.00 PM in the night with a lunch break in between. We earn up to Rs 2,000 per day, which proves enough to manage our day-to-day needs. We are pretty much happy and satisfied that our basic necessities are catered to with this income.
    I have never thought of getting a second income and presently, we are entirely committed towards this stall. Our primary focus is to develop this stall by making further additions, such as green tea or black coffee, which may attract more customers.“

    The famous Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, once said. “Tea is the elixir of life”. While Suresh might not be aware of this quote, he is certainly playing a part in fulfilling this in the lives of many Vizagites.

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    A-Z experiences to be had in Visakhapatnam- Part 2

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    Come the cool months, and city dwellers get planning on fun getaways and picnics for some treasurable experiences. After all, this is the season with that light nip in the air and when the sun gets less harsh than before. This is also the time when most of the usual picnic spots get crowded for getaways. Don’t let that dissuade you, for we bring you the best list of amazing things that can be done irrespective of the size of group you have. Here’s the part 2 of experiences to remember in Visakhapatnam. (Read Part 1 here).

    Fountain show at Central Park

    Noted to be the third highest fountain in India, this auto-synchronised musical fountain has to be seen to be enjoyed. Plan an evening at the park which has many fun activities, especially for the little ones.

    Go Karting at Mangamaripeta

    A family entertainer and favourite adventure sport, this one packs in the thrill of speed and maneuvering around hairpin bends as you crouch low on your seat and keep on the track. And yes, you can take the kids along.

    Heritage Walk

    Experience the fascinating history of the city unfold in its dusty bylanes and Buddhist heritage sites. Be amazed at the treasure-chest of stories that we have and discover that there’s more to Visakhapatnam than just the beach.

    Indira Gandhi Zoological Park-day trip

    Surrounded by the Eastern Ghats, the zoo is large, verdant and has free-ranging animals too. Besides walking through the zoo that stretches over 600 acres, you can also take one of the battery operated vehicles inside.

    Jet Skiing at sea

    The blue waters of the Bay of Bengal come calling with this adventurous activity at Rushikonda. Hop onto the powerful water scooters and ride the waves with the wind in your face.

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    Vizag Food Truck Festival set to be a treat to all the foodies in the city

    Food Trucks have turned out to be a blessing to all the gourmets in Visakhapatnam. Offering a wide range of specialised menus, these trucks have certainly struck a chord with all our food cravings.

    While the foodies in the city have been treated to a ball by the many new food trucks that opened up this year, one mouthwatering event that’s in the store gives us yet another reason to rejoice. Vizag Food Truck Festival is here to mesmerise you with the most delicious thought.

    About the festival

    Vizag food truck festival is being organised by Feast at Trucks, a startup which is the brainchild of a couple of GITAM University alumni. The startup aims at improving the idea, culture, business, and development of the food truck industry across the country. This enthusiastic group, after successfully organising food truck fests in Pune and Hyderabad, is all geared up to help Vizag finish its year on a high with South India’s biggest food truck festival.

    Feast At Trucks Team

    The event will mark the congregation of around 20 food trucks from Vizag. Be it the crisp dosas, the plump shawarmas, the sizzling pizzas, or even the fizzing beverages, Vizag food truck festival has got it all to emerge as the most celebrated place for the foodies.

    In addition to the amazing food on offer, the other features such as live band performances will ensure a peppy vibe as you get busy devouring your meal.

    So without making any further delays, get set to revel in your official “Food-Day”!


    Date: 17 December

    Venue: MGM Grounds, Visakhapatnam

    Duration: 1 Day, 12 Noon to 10 PM

    Passes: You can get your passes here.

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    Festival season comes to Visakhapatnam, celebrations in the air

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    Celebrations and a joyous spirit mark the atmosphere in Visakhapatnam as festival season marks its arrival with a run up of good times and celebrations.

    There is nothing that speaks hope, happiness and cheerfulness as the year end. About now is the time when the weather becomes pleasant, lights festoon the Visakhapatnam streets and a general spirit of camaraderie and joy uplift people’s spirits. Ahead is a line up of Christmas and New Year and parties, celebrations, plans and holidays are in order. Visakhapatnam is especially brilliant at this time of the year and here is how to get into the groove for the festival season.

    #1 Take a long drive through the city

    Be it the Beach Road, Asilmetta, Siripuram or any other upbeat location in Visakhapatnam, lights are strung up and shops alight with decorations, Christmas trees and gifts galore. It takes no one by surprise but by happiness as to how much the city and it’s people catch up to the infectious festive spirit.

    #2 Wafting aromas of cakes, bakes and yummy grub

    There is nowhere that celebrations can be complete without a healthy partake of yummy foods. Rich and delicious plum cakes, biryanis and tandoor fired up with bonfire amongst friends and chocolates and confections for greeting and gifting. A healthy dose of appetite always perks up during festive season.

    #3 Iconic Churches of Visakhapatnam light up and swing with melodious harmony

    Source – The Hindu

    Any Church in Visakhapatnam is decorated and done up with the best finery from now on until after Christmas Eve. Special services and prayers and the melodious voices raised in the choir is something one grows up with in the City of Destiny. Irrespective of what faith you practice, Christmas in a Visakhapatnam Church is never to be missed.

    #4 Holidays and picnics are norm-du-jour

    This is the time for many to take their annual holidays and we are not just talking about school children. Picnics are planning at different spots in Visakhapatnam and the ringing of laughter and jokes and merry banter is a common sight. One can overhear plans being made, experiences shared and a joy at being light hearted and free.

    #5 Hotels lay out their best spreads and parties

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    The party scene in Visakhapatnam reaches a crescendo with different new and innovative themes with different special programmes and entertainment lined up for people to swing and sway to. There is no dearth of good food and wine and everybody enjoys just fine. Bookings are already open and people asking each other what plans for New Year has already begun.

    So whats yours??

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    Nara Lokesh makes family’s assets public. Chandrababu Naidu apparently possesses the least valuable assets

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    Andhra Pradesh Minister of IT, Nara Lokesh, on Friday, made public the assets held by his family. This is the seventh consecutive year that the family has declared its wealth in public.

    A post on the Facebook page of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) read, “For the seventh consecutive year, the Nara family has declared its assets to the public. The primary objective of these declarations over the years is to ensure that family subjects itself to public scrutiny and make themselves accountable for the wealth they have acquired. No other family associated with politics in India has ever done this.”

    As per the statements made by Nara Lokesh at the press meet arranged by him, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu holds assets worth Rs. 2.53 crore, which is the least possessed by any member of their family. Chandrababu Naidu’s wife, Nara Bhuvaneswari, holds assets worth Rs. 25.41 crore.

    In fact, going by the facts revealed by Lokesh, even Naidu’s grandson, Devansh, holds assets worth Rs. 11.54 crore to comfortably surpass his grandfather’s numbers.

    As per a report in The News Minute, Lokesh added that Naidu’s liabilities exceeded his assets by Rs 3.58 crore. There has been a slight decline in his assets when compared to what was declared last year – he had declared assets worth Rs 3.73 crore with liabilities worth Rs 3.06 crore.

    While Nara Lokesh claimed to possess assets worth Rs. 15.21 crore, his wife Nara Brahmani reportedly holds assets worth Rs. 15.01 crore.

    The IT Minister also stated that the family’s primary income comes from Heritage Group,  a publicly-listed dairy-products company, in which the company holds a share of 50.60 percent. He also added that the company, which was started in the year 1992, currently has a turnover of Rs. 2600 crore.

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    Mahesh Kathi reported to police by BJP MLA after lashing out at Narendra Modi and Pawan Kalyan on Twitter

    Film critic Mahesh Kathi has once again made the headlines with his controversial statements.The film critic, who is also a political commentator, sent down a series of tweets on Friday in which he took a jibe at Janasena chief Pawan Kalyan. Pawan Kalyan, who is currently on a 4-day tour as a part of his ‘Chalore Chalore Chal’, has been giving speeches at several public gatherings over the past few days. While citing the statements made by the JSP founder in these speeches, Kathi Mahesh made some controversial tweets.

    In fact, Mahesh also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi in one of his tweets.

    The tweet read, “You joined hands with a murderer like Narendra Modi and canvassed for him during the previous elections, and now, a person like Sekhar Kammula who advised against collaborating with religious fundamentalists has become a wrong person to you! Does becoming a Prime Minister absolve him of his crimes committed in Gujarat? Your madness is visible Pawan Kalyan.”

    The tweet angered many followers of Narendra Modi and Pawan Kalyan. In fact, BJP MLA  T Raja Singh tagged Hyderabad Police in a reply and asked them to take action against Mahesh Kathi.

    Hyderabad Police replied to the MLA’s tweet and assured him that the required steps will be taken.

    Mahesh Kathi, however, retaliated to the tweet and said, “An online complaint by an MLA who doesn’t know about (the) law doesn’t call for any action. No one needs to panic. The complaint is invalid. It doesn’t even qualify to be a case. I know more about (the) law. So Please don’t worry.”

    Mahesh Kathi has taken several jibes at Pawan Kalyan in the past and caught the ire of his fans. These recent tweets too have perturbed the fans who are displaying their anger through Twitter.

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    Andhra Pradesh tourism booms as Ecotourism gains popularity


    Tourism today is different from what it was a few years back and Andhra Pradesh is the place that people are lining up to visit. A boom is in the making already.

    Andhra Pradesh has successfully placed itself on the tourism map of India and the different experiences that modern people are looking at are all right here. Ecotourism is becoming an emerging to-do for travelers, thrill seekers, nature lovers and people looking to enjoy their holidays off the beaten track. Andhra Pradesh is blessed with emerald hills and mountains of the Eastern Ghats as well as virgin forests, valleys, waterfalls etc. Araku Valley, Kambalakonda and Lambasingi near Visakhapatnam, Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve in Prakasam, Kurnool and Guntur districts and more are becoming popular tourism hot spots.

    APTDC is doing it’s very best to develop cottages, camps, forest guest houses and more for those who come to experience a stay close to nature rather the comforts of hotel stay with luxurious facilities. For such, tourism and the associated experiences cover exploring forests, hiking and trekking, mountain climbing, camping with bon fires, interacting with tribals and more. The tribal belt in Andhra Pradesh with the various tribes have opened up their home and hearth and have welcomed tourists, visitors and locals with open arms. Be it their traditional song and dance or their local foods, visitors from all over India are queuing up for an experience of it.

    Boating, fishing, gaming with locals, staying at cottages and camps or even tree houses are all on the list and Andhra Pradesh meets these demands beautifully. It is thus no wonder that ours is the future hub of the ecotourist.

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    Visakhapatnam finally set to receive Andhra University Convention Center

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    The ambitious and spectacular Andhra University Convention Center is all set to open in Visakhapatnam after a long wait.

    The Andhra University Convention Center is finally set to open in the City of Destiny and the project which took six years to come about will finally grace Visakhapatnam. The event that will be the first to be held there is the grand alumni meet of Andhra University. The premier institute boasts of many distinguished persons amongst it’s alumni. A great example here would be our Vice-President Shri Venkaiah Naidu. It is thus opportune that he be the one to inaugurate the convention center. Tall and imposing, the convention center has an unbeatable location right on Beach Road.

    A lot of roadblocks pained the project since inception. The idea came about a decade ago and after being shelved and 6 years of construction, the structure will open finally. Not just that, many financial and practical problems have also beset the project from time to time. The outcome is superb and Visakhapatnam is proud to have a convention center of global standards. Spread over 4.5 acres and built up area of 40,000 sq.ft there is ample parking space as well as well developed greens around it. It’s capacity is huge and the 1600 seating space can accommodate 200 more chairs if the need arises.

    For VVIP visits and more, there are 2 well appointed VVIP lounges, an exhibition gallery space, a mini conference hall that can accommodate 200 people, two elevators that can accommodate 16 persons at a time, 4 green rooms and washrooms sufficient at each level. It goes without saying that the sound and visuals facilities are beyond par and surveillance at each level is seen to.

    Located on the Beach Road, precautions have been taken to protect the structure against natural elements such as high wind speeds. All this and more has added up to an investment of 13.5 crores INR in the project. A lot of grants are coming in from different alumni of Andhra university who wish to leave no stone unturned in making the venture world class. It is an expression of regard and respect for their institution that is the motivation.

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    Vizag boy requires votes to represent India at Fjällräven Polar 2018

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    Many of you must have heard about the harsh weathers of Arctic region. The bone-chilling weathers, along with some extremely gruelling terrains, make this region one of the most challenging places for human life to sustain. However, do you know that there’s an international competition that’s held every year in this region to challenge some of the grittiest souls?

    Visakhapatnam lad dares to risk it all

    “300km of Arctic wilderness. More than 200 highly skilled sled dogs and a group of ordinary people just like you. This is Fjällräven Polar, a journey you’ll never forget. Want in?” is what you read as you land on the homepage of Fjällräven Polar. While surviving the chilling weathers in our tropical climate is a demanding task for many, competing at the highest level in the intense climate of Arctic is a no mean feat. Much to the pride of many, a 21-year-old Visakhapatnam lad has dared to risk it all. Jayaraj Gedela is fighting it out to represent India and win glory at Fjällräven Polar 2018. The young dentist, however, requires our support to achieve his long time goal of winning laurels to the country. 

    The selection to this event though takes place through a voting process. While hundreds of interested individuals have enrolled for the event from India, Jayaraj is currently placed 4th on the list of the most number of votes. A few more votes from our end can potentially push the youngster to the top position on the list and ultimately contribute in nominating an able candidate from India for this one-of-its-kind competition.

    The event and its challenges

    Jayaraj, while explaining the event, says, “Fjällräven Polar is an annual competition that is held along the route of Norway-Sweden. The participants need to travel for seven days over a stretch of 300 km sustaining the temperatures in the range of -40 degrees centigrade. Each participant will be provided with 8 husky dogs and sledges in order to accomplish the task.

    All the participating countries have been divided into 10 sub-regions and each sub-region will be represented by only two individuals. The fact that only 20 participants from all over the globe make the final list, makes the filtering process extremely stringent. The participants are selected via two processes. While the first process involves garnering votes from people, the second one involves selection by the jury. As can be expected, the first process, which is gaining votes from people’s end, offers the best possible chance to make it into the final list.”

    Helping Jayaraj make it into the final cut

    Jayaraj, who also has an experience of surviving in a climate of -10 degrees centigrade, further adds, “This event, which has come into existence in 1997, has, unfortunately, never seen a participation by an Indian. After putting in a lot of dedicated effort over the past three years, I am determined to break the jinx this time and emerge as a champion at this event. All I require is support from people in the form of votes and best wishes. The voting process closes in the coming six days and I am hell-bent on fighting it out till the last moment.”

    You can cast your vote for Jayaraj here.

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    Shri Ram Nath Kovind awards President’s Colour to the Submarine Arm of Indian Navy today at Visakhapatnam

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    It is a proud day for India as President Shri Ram Nath Kovind awards the Submarine Arm of the Indian Navy with the prestigious President’s Colour in Visakhapatnam today.

    The date of 8th December 2017 will remain forever etched in the history of the Submarine arm of Indian Navy in golden letters as the award of Presidents Colour is the highest honour which can be bestowed upon any military unit. It was today morning that our President Shri Ram Nath Kovind has ppresented the same in an event in Visakhapatnam today.The President’s Colour was received by Rear Adm Veenam Srinivas, Flag Officer Submarines on behalf of the Submarine Arm at a splendid ceremony at Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam.

    Also in attendance at this event for awards of President Colour were Shri ESL Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Shri N Chadrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Aviation, Adm Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff and Vice Adm Karambir Singh Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command along with other senior Defence and Civilian dignitaries were present
    on the occasion.

    Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President of India was profuse in congratulating the Submarine Arm of the Indian Navy and said that the valiant submarines of the Indian Navy carry out their professional responsibility with great skill and grave risk. He spoke on behalf of the nation that as one India is proud of the achievement. The contribution of the submamrine arm of the Indian Navy to the
    national security was truly appreciated by all country men.

    The commissioning of the first Submarine, INS Kalvari on 08 Dec 1967 laid the foundation of the Submarine Arm. 2017, the Golden Jubilee year is being celebrated as the “Year of the Submarine” by the Indian Navy. The submarine arm has been at the forefront of all offensive operations of the Indian Navy and playing a key role in the 1971 Indo Pak war. During the 1971 war four submarines were actively deployed on both the Eastern and Western Maritime theatres of operations in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Their presence achieved the desired deterrent effect and
    restricted the enemy operation at sea to a considerable extent.

    Personnel of Submarine Arm were awarded one Maha Vir Chakra, two Vir Chakras, one Shaurya Chakra and a number of Mention–in–Dispatches for acts of bravery during the war. Indian Navy by way of its Maritime Strategy has adopted a strategy of Deterrence to maintain peace and submarines play the most important part of the Indian Navy strategy. The Indian Navy was first of the three Services to be presented the President’s Colour on 27 May 1951. And today this honour was bestowed on the Submarine Arm in Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam in recognition of the service rendered both in peace and at war.

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