GSIB to organise business quiz

GITAM School of International Business is organising a business quiz for college students of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, and Guntur districts, between January 6 and 31.

The quiz is meant to promote awareness among undergraduate students about business in general and international business in particular, according to a press release from the GISB.

The quiz will be conducted in two rounds. The first round will be held at various colleges and institutions to select five winners. The second round is the grand finale to be held on GITAM campus on February 7.

The first, second, and third prize winners of the final will be presented with cash awards, merit certificates, and citations. The first round winners will receive participation certificates.

The quiz programmes at the college level and the grand finale level will be organised by personality trainer and business consultant Winny Patro.

Students of engineering, pharmacy, business, and degree colleges in the seven districts are eligible to participate.



India’s tallest Hanuman statue to be ready by May

India’s tallest Hanuman statue is being constructed near Madapam in the Narasannapeta Mandal.- PHOTO: By ArrangementA devotee’ dream becomes a reality in Srikakulam district.

A devotee’s dream has become a reality within 8 years with the construction of India’s tallest Hanuman statue at Madapam, Narasannapeta mandal of Srikakulam district. The devotee Jayi Ramanamurty, a common man, dreamt in 2005 that the tallest statue for Lord Anjayaneya will be constructed on the banks of Vamasadhara river. His dream was not taken seriously initially but slowly devotees came forward with donations to make the project a reality.

In the beginning, a devotee M.S.N. Raju of Cheepurupalli contributed Rs.10 lakh and hundreds of other devotees collected around Rs.70 lakh to execute the project within the stipulated time. It is estimated that the entire project cost would be around Rs.1 crore after the construction of temple and meditation centre which are essential for devotees to spend more time after offering prayers at the statue.

The construction of the project with proposed 176 feet height began in 2005 and it is going to be completed in May 2015.

Special prayers will be offered to Lord Anjayaneya on May 23, 2014, on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. Currently, the tallest statue with 150 feet height is located at Kurukshetra near New Delhi. Another statue with 136 feet height is situated near Paritala of Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

A pleasant walk all the way

Students walk to school crossing lake and sanctuary.

Students with a rescued bird at Atapaka Bird Sanctuary in Krishna district on their return from school.— PHOTO: T. APPALA NAIDU 

Students with a rescued bird at Atapaka Bird Sanctuary in Krishna district on their return from school.— PHOTO: T. APPALA NAIDU

Taking the four-km walk for crossing the Kolleru Lake and the Atapaka Bird Sanctuary, is one of the chores of their life for more than 80 students of Komati Lanka in West Godavari district.

These students, aged between 7 and 16, make a trip between Komati Lanka and Atapaka and Kaikaluru mandal headquarters in Krishna district for schooling everyday.

“Most of the days in a year, the walk, two-km on each side of the border, is spent observing numerous species of birds.

Often, much delightful part of going to school is to catch the birds, which are spotted in an unconscious state or dead on our way,” says M. Dhana Laxmi, a class IV student.

Among the groups of students spotted walking on the road, that splits the lake from the sanctuary, some children, including girls, have not attained the age either to be able to handle or pedal the bicycle.

Thus, all these students enjoy the walk and got habituated to the unique lifestyle of the avian guests. In the morning, the students start their walk while migratory birds are leaving the sanctuary in search of the day’s prey/food.

Place of interest

“Sanctuary staff inquires with us whether we found any hunter or any bird dead along our way. We never allow any of us to take any bird that is dead to home,” a group of friends G. Jessica, P. Mishaik and S. Karthik of Sri Vivekananda Public School, Atapaka, told The Hindu . When asked to share their experiences of observing the birds and laborious task of walking, a majority of students say that Pelicans’ nesting location is their all time resting and hangout place.

In winter and early summer, for those who can manage to stay at the sanctuary in the evening, fascinating scenes could be witnessed while batches of students take their day’s last stretch of walk home. Winged visitors come back to the sanctuary at that time. These students make an attempt every time to hum the sounds of the birds back to them, but never receive any response. They, however, never give up it.

Seminar on opportunities in IT industry

A one-day State-level seminar ‘digiTALL’ on “IT Education, Opportunities and Industry Expectations” was organised by SPACES Degree College, Payakaraopeta on Sunday. Over 300 student delegates from colleges in districts of Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari participated.

DVLN Somayajulu, Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, NIT-Warangal and KV Paparao, Principal Technology Architect, Infosys, Hyderabad were the chief speakers.

DVLN Somayajulu gave a presentation on security and privacy of online transaction process.

He distinguished between online transaction process and online analytical process. KV Paparao gave a presentation on key trends in digital computing. A question answer session followed.


Vakalapudi gearing up for ‘beach festival’

Collector holds review meet on the three-day celebrations.

East Godavari district administration is making arrangements for the celebration of three-day ‘beach festival’ at Vakalapudi beach for the second consecutive year from January 10.

Addressing a review meeting with the officials of various departments here on Wednesday, Collector Neetu Prasad said that the State government allocated Rs.12 lakh for the last festival, while the sponsors had come out with another Rs. 40 lakh. She said that efforts were on to get more funds from the government for this year event as the first round of beach festival was a grand success.

Recalling the traffic congestion on the Beach Road during the last festival, the Collector asked the police to identify alternative routes to avoid traffic jams.

Different committees were appointed to ensure peaceful conduct of the festival and the convener of each committee was directly answerable to the Collector. Similarly, a sponsors’ meet would be conducted in which the hoteliers and tour operators would be invited. Ms. Neetu asked the officials to arrange a photo exhibition that would depict the places of importance in the district.

She also suggested arrangement of stalls in the exhibition by the government departments.

Cultural performances would be arranged on all the three days for providing entertainment to the audience, she said.


  • The festival to begin on January 10
  • First round of the festival was a grand success, says Neetu