Student excels in RD parade

D.V.N.L. Saisri, an 11th class (CBSE) student of Nalanda Vidya Niketan, was felicitated by the school management and faculty on Saturday for her performance at the Republic Day parade held in Delhi recently. She was one of the three NCC cadets from Andhra Pradesh Directorate to be selected for the prestigious event. School principal Susantha Das congratulated the student on her accomplishment.




Tirupati cadets excel at RDC

The four NCC cadets who participated in the Republic Day celebrations recently in Delhi made the Tirupati group proud by being adjudged second best in the country.

The Remount and Veterinary (R&V) cadets Shaik Shaheed, M. Ravindra Naik, P.T. Swetha Sri and P. Sambhavi were part of the fifteen-strong Andhra Pradesh contingent that participated in the RDC this year. The State team was adjudged the second best, while the Tirupati cadets came home with a rich haul of four trophies and fifteen medals, including three gold, two silver and six bronze.

Apart from a trophy for the horse show at the RDC, the cadets bagged three more viz., the ‘D-G’s Runner’s-up trophy’, ‘Sharma trophy for tent pegging’ and the ‘Best cadet girl’s trophy’ (for P.T. Swetha Sri).


No thrill in this drill

Ground reality:Reflecting the sorry state of affairs in our education system, NCC cadets of a private school in Gandhinagar — one among the many operating from multi-storied buildings with no playgrounds — are forced to conduct their daily drills on a busy stretch, posing hardship to people.— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Ground reality:Reflecting the sorry state of affairs in our education system, NCC cadets of a private school in Gandhinagar — one among the many operating from multi-storied buildings with no playgrounds — are forced to conduct their daily drills on a busy stretch, posing hardship to people.— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL


Riveting show of creativity

NCC cadets from Karnataka performing at All India Nau-Sainik Camp in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.—Photo: K.R. DeepakThe celebration of harvest season was represented through regional dances by NCC cadets of the Karnataka and Goa directorates.

The interesting feature of the presentation was the ease with which the dancers in colourful attire swirled to the traditional beats with a bunch of artificial flowers donning their crown.

It was a burst of creativity and efflorescence of varied cultures, where the NCC directorates from diverse regions such as North-East, Gujarat, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Goa, apart from Kerala and Lakshadweep, assembled to exhibit their exceptional talent in dance and music to a packed audience at Samudrika Naval Auditorium.

Thursday evening, the 10 th day of the All India Nau-Sainik Camp-2013 (AINSC), started off on a colourful note when cadets regaled the viewers with a beautiful sequence of dance and music. There was minimal use of musical instruments that echoed in tandem with the neat execution of footwork.

While the Gujaratis presented their traditional dance ‘Garba’, intended to invoke Goddess Shakti, girls from Odisha featured Odissi expressing their devotion to Lord Jagannath. The theme of the festivals like Sankranti and Ugadi was well portrayed by the AP Directorate in the form of a folk music. The cultural show drew its curtains with an enthralling Kuchipudi performance by a cadet of Kerala and Lakshadweep directorates.

The brilliant portrayal of regional dance staged by the cadets of the Karnataka and Goa directorates made them grab the first prize in the cultural line. The overall trophy was awarded to Andhra Pradesh. Tamil Nadu proved its skills in the fields of ship modelling and health and hygiene. The Punjab Directorate excelled in firing and Odisha secured the top position in boat-pulling competition. Chief of Staff Officers (Personal and Administration), Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Pradeep Rana, participated as chief guest and gave away the prizes to the cadets.


Their brilliant portrayal of regional dance helps cadets of the Karnataka and Goa directorates grab first prize

Odisha NCC cadets win Boat Pulling contest

The Odisha NCC Directorate stood first in Boat Pulling competition and the Andhra Pradesh and Punjab directorates were a joint second in the ongoing All India Nau Sainik Camp-2013.

In the Service subjects competition, Tamil Nadu stood first, Andhra Pradesh second, and Odisha directorate came third.

Additional Director General (A), Headquarters, Directorate-General, NCC, New Delhi, Rear Admiral Kapil Gupta, visited the camp here on Wednesday and witnessed static evaluation of ship models that were prepared by the cadets. He also witnessed Line Area Competitions Round-III, according to a statement issued here by Camp Deputy Commandant Col. V.N. Bhardwaj.

Deputy Director-General, NCC, Andhra Pradesh Directorate, Air Cmde S. Badyal also visited the camp on Tuesday and witnessed Boat Pulling finals, cultural competitions, ship modelling, and cultural events.

Best cadet selection is in the final stage and interviews of each of the 17 directorates are conducted by a panel of judges, comprising Capt D.K. Sharma, Cdr D.K. Swain, and Lt. Col. G.D. James.


NCC cadets showcase cultural diversity

We are one!:NCC cadets performing at the National Integration Awareness Programme in Tirupati on Wednesday.–PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMARCadets from 17 Directorates of National Cadet Corps (NCC) showcased the ‘cultural diversity’ of the country as they propagated their State’s culture and traditions at the National Integration Awareness Programme (NIAP) organised at BVB’s Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya here on Wednesday.

Equipped with colourful props and costumes, the cadets recreated scenes of Jammu and Kashmir vendors selling wares in Shikaras (wooden boats), Kerala’s classical dance form Mohiniyattam, traditional festivals of Andhra Pradesh, ethno-cultural variations in the North-Eastern belt and much more.

“This programme is part of National Integration Camp (NIC) organised by the NCC every year. Through this camp we aim to bridge the cultural divide and infuse a sense of unity among the cadets surpassing religious, cultural, regional and linguistic barriers,” said Colonel K.J.M. Roy, Group Commander of NCC Tirupati.

Besides cultural programmes, the camp also comprised a wide gamut of activities like field visits, trekking, debates and games. “As a confidence building measure, we have also arranged guest lectures on personality development, career counselling and stress management along with basic introductory sessions of yoga and self defence,” said Colonel Anand Mehrotra, Commanding Officer of 5 Andhra Girls Battalion (Tirupati).

The camp began at Old Vedic College Campus on January 7 and will continue till January 18.

Cadets have already visited all the prominent places such as Lord Balaji Temple, Regional Science Centre, S.V. Zoological Park and Chandragiri Fort.

Andhra pradesh today

Visakhapatnam today

Sri Trimurtika Venkateswara temple: Dhanurmasa utsavalu, Seethammadhara, HB Colony, 4.15 a.m. onwards.

SVS Seva Samithi: Srivariki Swararchana, abhishekam, Vaikunta Dwara Pravesam, 5 a.m. onwards; discourse by Swami Paripurnananda (Sri Peetham, Kakinada) 11 a.m., and Srivariki svararchana, musical programme, 6 p.m., Sarada Gardens, beside Ford showroom, Marripalem Highway.

Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Mahasamsthanam: Uttara dwara darshanam and special programmes, Sankar Matham, 5 a.m. onwards.

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Bhakta Mandali: Samuhika Satyanarayana Swamy vratamulu, Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple, Port Area, 10 a.m.

Silk Fab: Exhibition-cum-sale of silk handloom fabrics, Novotel, Beach Road, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Universal Art Gallery: Group Art Exhibition, Visakha Museum, Beach Road, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

United Exhibitions: Jewellery expo inauguration, The Gateway Hotel, Beach Road, 12.01 p.m.

Jagadguru Peetham: Special programmes, Angel’s Enclave, Krishna Nagar, near Zilla Parishad, 5.30 p.m. onwards.

The Hindu Business Line & CII Visakhapatnam Zone: Road Show on CII SR Emerging Entrepreneurs Awards; Talk on ‘How to Scale up your enterprise’, Novotel, 2.45 p.m.

At Anakapalle

Surekha Film Society: Screening of Telugu movie ‘Tiladanam’ followed by discussion on the film, president of the society Prof. S.S.N. Raju presides, Vivekananda Hall, 6 p.m.



It was the most thrilling experience for a group of 560 NCC cadets, 15 associate NCC Officers, six girl cadet instructors,17 permanent instructors of the NCC of the All-India Nau Sainik Camp to board the naval ship INS Jalashwa, under the aegis of Eastern Fleet, and enjoy a day at sea, according to Associate NCC Officer of Mrs. A.V.N. College Captain N. Ramakrishna.




Vijayawada Vysya Bhavan Trust: Laying of foundation stone of Arya Vysya Bhavanam by Governor of Tamil Nadu K. Rosaiah, Hanumanpet, 9 a.m.

Swarna Andhra: Evening daily 15 th anniversary celebrations, chief guest Governor of Tamil Nadu K Rosaiah, Hotel Ilapuram, 5 p.m.

Welfare Association of the Telecom and BSNL Pensioners: General body meeting, Convention hall, BSNL Bhavan, Chuttugunta, 10 a.m.

CREDAI: Inauguration of Property show, Seshasai Kalyana Vedika, MG Road, 10.30 a.m.


Hyderabad TODAY


Sri Brahmatantra Swatantra Parakala Swamy Mutt: Vaikunta Ekadasi, Sathyanarayanapuram, Parvathpur, Medipally, Uppal, 5 a.m. onwards.

Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam: Five-day Vishnu Sahasra Parayanam, Ramalayam, New Nallakunta, 6 p.m.

Sri Ahobila Math: Thiruppavai discourses, DD Colony, Bagh Amberpet, 6.30 p.m.

Sri Desika Sabha: 46th Thiruppavai Festival- discourses in Tamil by Master E.S. Satajit, Keyes High School, Secunderabad, 6.30 p.m.


Kasturbha Gandhi National Memorial Trust: Round table conference on ‘Hyderabad declaration on issues of girl child-sexual abuses and violence’, Hotel Sandhya, Lakdikapul, opposite Ranga Reddy district collectorate, 10 a.m.

Hyderabad Institute of Management Skills: Seminar on ‘How to communicate effectively and become successful in interviews’, HIMS, beside Prime Hospital, Balaji Towers, Ameerpet, 6.45 p.m.

Pragati Mahavidyalaya: Degree College of Commerce and Science: College annual day celebrations, Hanuman Tekdi, Kandaswamy Lane, 4 p.m.

Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence: National youth festival, special convention for girls, Ramakrishna Math, Domalguda, 10.30 a.m.

Telangana Development Forum: Release of the book ‘Separate State for Telangana’ written by B. Kamalaker Rao, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Nampally, 10.30 a.m.

Sri Ramana Kendram, Hyderabad: Dr. K.S.Memorial Day, Sri Ramana Kendram, Bathkamma Kunta, Shivam Road, 6 p.m.

Hellen Keller Regional Association of the Disabled: Braille script inventor Dr. Louis Braille 205{+t}{+h}Birthday weekly celebrations, Andhra Saraswath Parishath Trust, Tilak Road, Boggulakunta, 12.30 p.m.


Ailamma Art Gallery: Painting exhibition titled ‘A Congregation of Impressions’, Sundrayya Vignan Kendram, Baghlingampally, 12 noon onwards.

Kalakriti: Krishnakriti Festival of Art and Culture-2014, symposium on 100 years of Munn Maps on Hyderabad, Road No.10, Banjra Hills, 11 a.m.

Department of Culture: Chitralipi ‘Samanyashastram Images’ by Kandukuri Ramesh Babu, ICCR Art Gallery, Kalabhavan, Ravindra Bharathi, 6 p.m.

Icon Art Gallery: Painting exhibition ‘The footprints of the Jungle’ captured by Trans-Morphing technique, Road No.12, Banjara Hills, 11.30 a.m.