GVMC launches Make Your City Smart Vizag contest

GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar explaining about ‘Make your City Smart-Vizag’ contest at a media conference in Visakhapatnam on Friday. | ExpressFollowing the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prepare best designs for developing Vizag into a Smart City with public participation, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) launched a design contest on ‘Make Your City Smart Vizag’ here on Friday.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Kumar disclosed that all interested citizens, including students, architects, planners, technical experts, professionals and others, could participate in the contest and the Special Jury will announce the winners after examining the best entries.

The contest has two parts-Beach Road design and Vuda Park design. While the first prize for the Beach Road design contest is Rs 1.25 lakh, second prize Rs 75,000 and the third prize Rs 50,000, first prize for the Vuda Park design contest is Rs 75,000, second prize Rs 50,000 and third prize Rs 25,000.

He urged the people to participate in the contest for other details can log on to the website: www.mygov.in. The last date for uploading the designs is August 5, he added.

Smart Pulse SurveyPraveen Kumar disclosed that Smart Pulse Survey (SPS) is a massive parallel survey of all households aimed at securing required socio-economic data directly in digital form with online validations. He said the first phase of survey, which began on Friday, will last till July 30 and the second phase from August 6 to 15 and the number of households expected to be surveyed is nearly 5.3 lakh.

He said the field surveyors will register the data by accessing the relevant portal through a connected tablet and so mistakes will be minimised. Consolidation and analysis of the data will be completed within two weeks after completion of the field survey.

The SPS, he said, will ensure correctness of the data already seeded with Aadhaar to remove duplicate records, to remove the details of those expired and to create a self-consistent set of records in the form of AP State Socio-Economic Data Base (APSEDB).


Organs donated by Bimladevi Satyanarayan Agarwal

The family members of Vizianagaram-based patient Bimladevi Satyanarayan Agarwal donated her organs after she was declared brain dead by the doctors at Metas Adventist Hospital in Surat.

The 65-year-old brain dead woman’s sons Muralidhar Agarwal and Gajanan Agarwal decided to donate their mother’s organs to other patients needing organ transplant.

They said they wanted to give a new lease of life to the patients by donating organs such as kidneys, liver and eyes. While liver and kidneys were received by Institute of Kidneys Disease and Research Centre, eyes were given to Lok Drashti Chakshu Bank.

Later, kidneys were transplanted to Jamnagar-based patient Upendra Joshi and Anil Hamuappa in Ahmedabad.

Liver was transplanted to a patient Kishore Upadhyay in Ahmedabad, a close relative of the family from the city said.

He expressed hope that it would serve as an inspiration.

Krishna puskharalu – Vijayawada

‘Expecting 3.5 cr. pilgrims for Pushkaram’

Priority at Krishna, Godavari confluence near Ibrahimpatnam

Irrigation Minister D. Umamaheswara Rao addressing the media on arrangements being made for the Pushkaram, in Vijayawada on Saturday. —Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

Irrigation Minister D. Umamaheswara Rao addressing the media on arrangements being made for the Pushkaram, in Vijayawada on Saturday. —Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said on Saturday that the arrangements for the Krishna Pushkaram were being to handle a massive crowd of 3.5 crore devotees during the 12-day festival.

The officials concerned had been instructed to complete arrangements by the end of July with due priority to facilities required for performance of religious duties and obsequies.

At a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Umamaheswara Rao said the Tummalapalli Vari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram was being spruced up for hosting cultural events and its renovation work would be over by the month-end.

This historic community hall would occupy the centre-stage as far as the cultural programs were concerned.

Top priority was given to riverfront development at the point of confluence of the Krishna and the Godavari rivers at Ferry near Ibrahimpatnam. It would be a major attraction during the mega event.

The Irrigation Department had ensured that there would not be any problem for devotees in having the ceremonial dip as 2.06 tmcft of water at the K.L. Rao Sagar (Pulichintala) project would be stored.

A huge chunk of the devotees would congregate at Vijayawada though the event would be officially celebrated in Krishna, Guntur and Kurnool districts.

Krishna Pushkaram Special Officer B. Rajasekhar said the incident that happened at Rajahmundry during the Godavari Maha Pushkaram was studied and necessary safeguards were being put in place.

Krishna District Collector A. Babu said 36 Pushkar Nagars were being constructed and proper road connectivity to the railway station and Pandit Nehru Bus Station was being ensured.

Besides, temporary bus stops were being provided across the city. The Bhavani, Durga, Krishnaveni, Padmavati and the Punnami Ghats would take most of the rush of devotees. Arrangements were being made at Muktyala, Vedadri, Hamsaladeevi and Sagarasangamam.

Police Commissioner D. Gautam Sawang said about 17,000 police personnel would be deployed across the city for smooth conduct of the event.

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Palm scripts to get a new lease of life

Archaeology Director says project work will begin on April 15

Director of Archaeology and MuseumsG.V. Ramakrishna Rao inspecting the age-old palm scripts at the Andhra Sahitya Parishat Museum in Kakinada on Wednesday. —Photo: K.N. Murali Sankar

Director of Archaeology and MuseumsG.V. Ramakrishna Rao inspecting the age-old palm scripts at the Andhra Sahitya Parishat Museum in Kakinada on Wednesday. —Photo: K.N. Murali Sankar

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Real cards in a virtual world

Real cards in a virtual world

Meet the man who has been collecting greeting cards for 40 years

it is on the cardsFor K. R. SatishPhoto: Sudhakara Jain

 K. R. Satish – Photo: Sudhakara Jain

Some people collect coins and some stamps or postcards. But, here is one who loves to collect greeting cards. You’re curious because in an age where everything is virtual, you meet K.R. Satish, 63-year-old retired man, who started collecting greeting cards just for fun 40 years ago.

“The first one I collected was a greeting card I got from abroad. Those days it was rare for us to see or get anything from other countries. So I would treasure and collect them.

“Over the years my collection grew to 3,000. One day I decided to just keep the best. After sifting through my material, I now have a little over a 1,000 cards.”

He has displayed his collection at home on the shelves and floor in two rooms. The oldest card is 40 years and he is still collecting.

Some cards that he beams about are a wedding card, brought out as a book with scriptures from the Ramayana , another wedding card designed on a CD with the text as song lyrics and a bank manager’s wedding card printed as a cheque leaf.

Then he has a musical card that is 40-years-old.

“This is still running on its original battery and the sound is good,” he says and as he opens the card the happy birthday tune plays out loud and clear.

Satish also has a card designed as a mridanga and a few cards that have cut out designs and then there are those that move a head or a leg when the card is opened and shut.

He also has the 3-D effect greeting cards, for instance, the woman winks at you when you move the card up and down.

“I have dedicated this space for interested neighbours and friends to come and see my collection. I am also open to people to sending me their greeting cards in case they don’t want to keep them.”

If you are in a world where SMS and Whatsapp is how you communicate then Satish stands apart simply because he’s still hooked on to the real world.

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