Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Telugu Play Performed in Hyderabad

From Newindpress.com:
HYDERABAD: The Telugu play, Sramanakam, written by D Vijaya Bhaskar, based on the novel of Dr N Lakshmi Parvathi, was presented at Ravindra Bharathi on Saturday, by the troupe from Guruprasad Memorial Academy. The historical theme dealt with male chauvinism resented by Sundari in the age of Buddhism. It demolishes the myth that feminism is a feature of modern society. The play suggests that it is futile to involve oneself in discussions about the validity of rituals, and instead one should be concerned more about humanism.

The play traces how, after Prince Gauthama leaves the palace in search of truth, the kingdom is sought to be occupied by opportunists. Later Sundari, inspired by the teachings of Buddha, fights and destroys the enemies of the throne and restores the royalty. Sundari also asks Buddha to permit housewives to embrace Buddhism and serve the cause of truth and non-violence. This stream of Buddhism came to be known as Sramanakam. It was a ten-act play and was presented in an absorbing manner. Y K Nageswara Rao, the well-known actor portrayed the role of Buddha with clarity of diction and exuding pious dignity. K R K Murthy as Kuta Datta, Chitta Sankar as Deva Datta, Srivalli as Sundari, A K Sridevi as Yasodhara, enacted their roles perfectly. The play was presented as part of late NTR’s 83rd birth anniversary organised by NTR Educational Society.

Telugu Ringtones

Yahoo! India Mobile offers downloadable Telugu ringtones! Songs like Chelia Chelia, Kallaloki Kallupetti, Ammaye Sannaga and many more can grace your mobile phones. Click here for available songs and download instructions.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Telugu History

John E. Sathri of Telugu Christian Media (a fantastic Telugu site of which we previously wrote about) sent us a link to the first Telugu webpage that he created with the help of Kumar Chava. That site, Telugu History is about the"History of Telugu-Poets, Freedom Fighters, Leaders, and Politicians of Andhra Pradesh." Thanks once again John for your comments and for the great link!

Telugu Magazines Online

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Telugu Desam Party Opposes State Division

From NewIndPress:
HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Sunday declared in no uncertain terms that development of backward areas is impossible if the state did not remain united...“If needed, we will even sacrifice our lives for an integrated Andhra Pradesh,’’ he said and appealed to like-minded parties including Communists to join hands with his party and defeat the moves to divide the state.
Read the full article.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Telugu Books

AVKF Book Link is a website devoted to Telugu books. It's a "one of a kind link between Telugu readers and writers". A good site for Telugu fans.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Telugu

There's a Telugu version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights available online.

Web Based Telugu Mail

Telugu Lekha is the world's first web based Telugu mail system. It supports three different keyboard layouts: the Romanized, the Typewriter and the DOE Phonetic layouts. The Romanized version appears as follows:

Friday, May 27, 2005

Sun Plans to Launch Four Telugu Channels

From IndianTelevision.com:

"MUMBAI: Sun Network is planning to launch four Telugu language channels, stitching together a bouquet of eight channels by the year-end." Read more.

Telupu

Visit Telupu, the Telugu Information Base. It's a comprehensive site with useful and interesting information about the Telugu language. They have a wonderful collection of Telugu links that you can peruse. There are also downloadable English-Telugu and Telugu-Hindi dictionaries.

Available also from the website are Sankranthi greeting cards for purchase:

Another Telugu Artist: Seelabi

Seela Veerraju Lepakshi well known by his pen name "Seelabi", is another delightful Telugu illustrator and writer. His first major work in Telugu is a novel called Mina. His other works include, Bondi Chakrom, Hadini and Padugu Pekala Madhya Jeevitam. Click here for a glimpse of his sketches.

Bapu: The Telugu Artist

Bapu is one of the most celebrated Telugu artists and filmmakers. The following bio is compiled from Explore-Biography:
Sattriraju Lakshmi Narayana, also known as Bapu was born on 14th of December in 1933 in Narsapur, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. He graduated as a lawyer from University of Madras in 1955. He joined as political cartoonist for the newspaper Andhra Patrika in 1955. He later went on to become designer, movie director and a popular painter...Bapu introduced a new style of paiting using simple bright colours which are easy on the eye. His unique style of economy of strokes, freehand drawing and non-usage of background clutter made the paintings simple, beautiful and popular. He specializes in Hindu mythological characters and has painted the Hindu epic Ramayana as a pictorial story...Bapu has also introduced a new cursive writing in Telugu which is probably the only alternative to the more traitional print font in Telugu.


For more art by Bapu or simply for more info about the artist himself, visit the links below:

Bapu Art
Explore-Biography
Indiavarta (art prints)
Ramayana

Update: click here for more Bapu news.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Telugu Actor Vijayashanti Resigns from the BJP

From The Hindustan Times:
"BJP Mahila Morcha President and Telugu film star Vijayashanti on Wednesday resigned from the party and vowed to fight for the Telangana issue.

Vijayashanti, while addressing her fans on Wednesday night, criticised all the political parties including the BJP for not doing "justice" to the Telangana region which continued to remain backward. The actress said she will not "rest" till the Telangana state is formed and the poverty-ridden region of the state gets justice.

Blaming all political parties for their opportunistic approach against Telangana, Vijayashanti demanded TRS chief to resign from the Union Cabinet and fight for separate Telangana.

The UPA government is taking for "ride" the Telangana people by announcing second state reorganisation committee which is an eyewash, she said."

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Online Language Store: Telugu Section

WorldLanguage.com is an online language store. As you may have guessed, they have a section devoted to Telugu.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Languages of the World: Telugu

The National Virtual Translation Center in the U.S has a page devoted to the Telugu language. At the bottom of the page is a list of links pertaining to Telugu language study resources.

Telugu Travel Phrases

From The Four Essential Travel Phrases Info:



They also link to a page which provides a definition of Andhra Pradesh (it's probably similar to others out there but I'll still post it).

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Sarkari Schools Opt for English Sections Alongside Telugu

From The Times of India:
"HYDERABAD: With parents in urban and semi urban areas shifting their children from government schools to private ones for want of English medium instruction, school education department will soon introduce English medium sections from Class VI in several 'Sarkari'schools.

The department will initially introduce English medium sections in select schools from the academic year: 2005-06. It will extend it to other schools both in urban and rural areas in a phased manner without prejudice to the mother tongue, school education director K Ramakrishna Rao told The Times of India on Saturday.

Till Class V, all Sarkari schools will impart education only in Telugu medium but several of them will have both Telugu and English medium sections from Class VI, he said. The department has asked all district educational officers to identify schools where students were shifted from Sarkari schools to private ones citing Telugu medium of instruction as the prime reason and accordingly open English medium sections, the director said.

The district administration will re-deploy staff as teachers who have studied in English medium at any level during their studies will be asked to handle these classes. Asked about the shortage of qualified teachers who can teach in English, the director said the school education department could get enough number of candidates as the government had already decided to open English medium B.Ed. colleges in all districts.

With complaints pouring in about Telugu medium students lagging behind in competitive examinations, school education department minister N Rajyalakshmi a few moths back decided to open English medium sections in Sarkari schools, the director said."

Telugu Filmmaker and TDP MLA Attempts Suicide

From The Times of India:
HYDERABAD: Telugu film producer and TDP legislator C Venkat Rao attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the Hussain Agar Lake. However, he was rescued by police and admitted to a corporate hospital. The film Narasimhudu produced by Rao, who is representing the Payakaraopet assembly seat in Visakhapatnam district, is facing some financial problems, police said.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Digital Dictionary: Telugu-English

J.P.L Gwynn's Telugu-English Dictionary online.

Telugu Bible Downloads

From The World Bible Translation Center. All are downloadable PDF files.

Andhra's Hot

From Great Andhra:
"Sunstrokes have turned rampant in AP claiming about 125 people last week as per the official information. The toll would be more than that indeed. Birds are breathing out their lives due to unbelievable high temperatures. Besides, the summer this time is breaking the popularly accepted belief. Hyderabad is known for dry weather. On the other hand even in severe summer there wouldn’t be continuous hot winds. But this time, humid levels are rising high sweating out people at nights. Temperatures are ranging between 42 and 45 degrees in twin cities. Vijayawada recorded 46 degrees centigrade while Ramagundam is as hot as 'Agnigundam' tending towards 50 degrees of centigrade. As per the survey people from coastal Andhra are taking bath 5 times a day on an average."

Friday, May 20, 2005

World Bank Team Praises Andhra on Tsunami Relief

From The Deccan Chronicle:
"Nellore, May. 20: A World Bank team led by the bank’s Country Director Michel Carter lauded the Andhra Pradesh government for its quick relief measures to tsunami-affected people unlike any other State affected by tsunami. The team visited a coastal village Pathapalem in Bogole mandal of the district on Friday and elicited information on the relief measures taken up by the self help groups.

Addressing the fishermen families, Mr Carter detailed the World Bank operations. He said that World Bank was proving loans on cooperative basis to the member countries like India to enable them achieve social and economical growth. Among other resources, World Bank also has human resources, Mr Carter said referring to relief and rehabilitation measures initiated by WB in Kerala, Tamil nadu and Pondicherry."

Hyderabad's British Library Gets a New Look

From The Hindu:
"HYDERABAD: The Osmania University Vice-Chancellor, Mohammad Suleman Siddiqi, said here today that he looked forward to more collaboration with the British Library to modernise the existing library in the university. Prof. Siddiqi was speaking after inaugurating the fully refurbished British Library along with the Minister (Cultural Affairs) of the British High Commission, Edmund Marsden, here on Thursday. Osmania University has already started the process of digitisation of the rare books. Efforts are also on to digitise 9,000 rare manuscripts. The university library has a collection of four lakh books."
Read more here.

Calls for Awareness: Sex Determination Law

From The Hindu:
"GUNTUR: There is a need to create awareness among women about the law on sex-determination test, said the Guntur Zilla Parishad Chairman, Pathuri Nagabhushanam. Speaking at a workshop on the subject here on Thursday, he underlined the need for bringing about a change in the mindset of people on the issue. "Success of the law depends more on effective implementation of the Dowry Prohibition Act, as both laws are closely related," said the Chief Executive Officer, ZPP, P. Sudhakar. The District Medical and Health Officer, M. Sonar Babu, said there were 99 nursing homes and 49 diagnostic centres in the district which were licensed scanning centres. The media, particularly, the electronic, with its programmes denigrating women was one of the causes for the present scenario, said the district president of AIDWA, Srinivasa Kumari."

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Telugu: Italian of the East

Telugu: Italian of the East is a great website for a taste of Telugu culture. It offers wonderful Telugu links. Here is a list of some Telugu e-zines that you can peruse:

Poetic World of Kiranprabha
bhuvanavijayam
rachana

You might also like these music links:

annamayya
thyagaraja

Enjoy!

Telugubiz

Bahrain: Telugu Society to Celebrate Labour Day

From The Gulf Daily News:
"MANAMA: The Telugu Kala Samithi, in association with the Bahrain Muthamizh Manram, is celebrating the Labour Day tomorrow."
Read more here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Telugu Star Chiranjeevi Launches "Zee Telugu"

From The Hindu and IndianTelevision:

More on the Zee Telugu channel re-launch! Click on the links above for more.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Telugu Christian Media

"TD Exploiting Gandhi"

From Newindpress:
"HYDERABAD: Accusing the Congressmen of desecrating the statue of Mahatma Gandhi by garlanding it at Assembly premise on Saturday, the Telugu Desam Legislature Party (TDLP) on Sunday washed the statue of the father of the nation with milk. TDP legislators E Dayakara Rao, N Janardhan Reddy, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and others poured milk and water on the statue amid vedic chants. The TDP legislators alleged that the Congress was responsible for killings of around 50 TDP workers in the State in the past one year. The TDP legislators alleged that whenever Congress leaders resort to killings they besiege the Gandhi statue and do ‘ahimsa japam’. Later, the TDP legislators took a pledge at the statue saying that they would tread a path of non-violence. Later speaking to reporters, TDP MLAs expressed apprehensions about the peaceful conduction of Penukonda by-election."

Qatar: Telugu Kala Samiti to Hold Two-day Singing Contest

From: The Peninsula
"DOHA: The Telugu Kala Samiti (TKS), an Indian cultural body is organising a singing competition from May 27 to May 29 in remembrance of the great composer Annamacharya from the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The competitions, which will be open for boys and girls will be held in junior, senior and sub junior categories. The last date for submitting the entries is May 25. Further details can be had from Yamini Srinivas (4652031) or Subha Anupindi (4439315/5656845). Registration forms will be available at ICC or with the Samiti officials. Meanwhile, TKS organised a colourful cultural event dubbed Pandaga (festival) recently to mark the Telugu New Year Ugadi at Al-Shaheen Recreation Club, Mesaieed. Zeyad Abu Ajina, managing director of Al Jabor Construction Company who was the chief guest inaugurated the event. Arun Milan of ICC and Trust Exchange Manager Brahma Rao also spoke. The highlights of the event were a skit performed by Chamu Prasad and Durga Srinivas, an orchestra performed by a group of ladies, a skit by Meghana, Ritwik and Murali Krishna, and another skit 'Paramananda Shishyulu' by little kids."

Book Review: Telugu Short Story Anthology

From The Hindu:
"AMERIKAA TELUGU KATHAANIKA: Pemmaraju Venugopala Rao and Vanguri Chittenraju — Editors; Published by the Vanguri Foundation of America, Indraganti Srikanta Sarma, Hon. Editor in India. Copies can be had from Vahini Book Trust, Vidyanagar, Hyderabad-500044. Visalandhara Book House, Hyderabad and Navodaya Book House, Near Arya Samaj Mandir, Badi Chavadi, Hyderabad. Rs. 150.

IN ITS nearly century-long history, Telugu short story has travelled a long way transcending in scope, theme and canvas from its original kitchen, farm and factory circle to the global level.

This is a significant and welcome development, a sequel to globalisation of human life in recent history.

This anthology underscores the new development. Edited by two eminent writers of repute, this volume, the 8th in the series, contains 21 stories of authors, all domiciled in the U.S. They include popular writers like Chittenraju, K.V.S. Rama Rao, Kanneganti Chandra, Cherukuri Rama Devi, Satyam Mandapati, Vemuri Venkataeswara Rao, Kalasapudi Srinivasa Rao, Vijaya Sree among others.

Except a few ones, all other stories have an international canvas. The collection broadly reflects the ecstasies and agonies of the non-resident Indian (NRI) families.

While the plentiful opportunities to enrich their lives in a foreign land bring happiness, their worries about their wards cause trepidation.

The NRI youth tend to discard the long cherished Telugu traditions, customs and their mother tongue.

In fact, these fears among the NRIs have prompted social organisations like the World Telugu Federation to take up the cause and strive to preserve, promote and perpetuate the age-old ethos of the Telugu heritage.

As observed by the eminent writer and critic, Srikanta Sarma in his illuminating preface, writings of the NRIs have come of age. From the personal approach they have progressed to theme-based presentation.

Another salient feature is that they have not lost their touch with the nuances of Telugu language and literature. A commendable effort."

Sunday, May 15, 2005

The Telugu Language

Here are more links about the Telugu language. I'll add them to the sidebar where other language links can be found:
  1. Telugu language
  2. language directory
  3. Wikipedia (and here too, thank you Kiran!)

Telugu Translation Services

Visit IndianTranslator.com for Telugu translation info.

Gold Medal for Top Marks in Statewide Exam

From The Peninsula On-line:

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y S Rajshaker Reddy presented a Gold Medal and a certificate to Ayesha Fatima, the "state topper" in the Intermediate Examination during a function in Hyderabad yesterday. Click here for pic.

Andhra Town Tense After Violence

From The Peninsula On-line:
"Hyderabad: Most people preferred to stay indoors in Penukonda town of Andhra Pradesh yesterday as tension continued a day after six Telugu Desam Party (TDP) members and a police official were killed in police firing..."
Read more here.

Qatar: Cultural Programme Marks Telugu New Year

From Gulf Times Newspaper:
"Saturday, May 14, 2005: The Telugu Kala Samiti (TKS) organised a cultural festival to mark the Telugu new year Ugadi at the Al Shaheen Recreation Club, at Mesaieed. The event, packed with a variety of programmes, included a novel ‘vegetable orchestra’ by women. An audience of around 400 turned up to watch the programme. Skits were presented by Chamu Prasad and Durga Srinivas; and by Meghana, Ritwik and Murali Krishna. Children performed a skit called Paramananda Shishyulu. Earlier, the function was opened by chief guest Zeyad Abu Ajina, managing director of Al-Jabor Construction Company. The main sponsors of the programme were Diplomat Group, Petrotek, and Gulf Lights. The Telugu Kala Samiti is organising a singing competition in memory of composer Annamacharya from Andhra Pradesh. The competitions will be conducted in sub-junior, junior, senior (boys and girls) and men & women categories. The contest will be held from May 27 to May 29. The last date for submitting entries is May 25. More details can be had from Yamini Srinivas (4652031), Subha Anupindi (4439315, 5656845) or Durga Srinivasulu (5818407). Registration forms are available with the Telugu Kala Samiti and at the Indian Cultural Centre."

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Work in Progress for Telugu Also: A Laptop for Rs.10,000

Sources: compiled from The Hindu, Techno-Freek and Hack in the Box
Indian Company Shows Off Sub-$200 Laptop
"A computer, a mobile one, for Rs.10,000? A Bangalore-based company on Tuesday announced the development of such a system under a project sponsored by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It is expected to be available commercially in three months.

Vinay L. Deshpande, chairman and chief executive officer of Encore Software, told a press conference the system would have the essential features of a conventional personal computer: everyday applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, personal information manager, e-mail and web-browser. It will play music and movies, have text-to-speech conversion facility and built-in local-language support. For now, Kannada, Hindi, and Marathi; work is in progress on Tamil and Telugu. It will weigh 500 gm and be compact. It can be synchronised with a regular PC, "considering that it [a PC] cannot be wished away.''

It will have no hard disk but will have built-in memory and facility to plug in memory cards for any storage over and above that provided for in the built-in memory. It will not have games. High-speed computing is ruled out. The reasoning is that "while adding to the cost, these are of no use to many users.''

The main aim, Mr. Deshpande said, was to develop a system that was affordable and provided the essential features, "without the unnecessary fluff of the conventional systems.'' The target audience is households, small shops, professionals such as lawyers and chartered accountants, and field staff of pharmaceutical, insurance and other industries. It could be used as e-book readers by educational institutions, for telemedicine and as a nurse's aide."

Friday, May 13, 2005

Random Tollywood Pic

Telugu actress Suhasini, from the film "Chantigadu" (Courtesy: Idlebrain).

Farmer Suicides in Andhra Pradesh: Who's Responsible?

From NDTV:
"The Telugu Desam in Andhra Pradesh is trying to render a blow to the Congress government's image by parading widows of farmers who have committed suicide in the last one-year. The TDP claims that more than 2800 farmers have committed suicide since May last year, while the government says the figure stands at less than 800. Nokaratnam, a widow, who once owned up to 10 acres of land in East Godavari district, is now desperate for help. Her husband committed suicide in July last year, unable to face the harassment of moneylenders after successive crops failed. "Even the 2 acres I brought as dowry had to be given away. I sold all my gold, even my mangalsutra because my husband was more important. But even then the debtors would not leave us alone. Life has become hell," said Nokaratnam." Read more.

Police Gun Down Telugu Desam Party Activists in Andhra Pradesh

From the BBC:
"Five members of an opposition party have been killed and 20 others injured in police firing in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. A policeman was also killed in the shooting which occurred when a procession taken out by the opposition Telugu Desam party turned violent. The incident took place in the state's Anantapur district. The Telugu Desam was voted out of power in Andhra Pradesh in state elections held last year." Read more here.
More headlines:
YSR blames TDP for Anantapur violence (Source: NewIndPress.com)
AP police firing: TDP meets EC,demands externment of ministers (Source: OutlookIndia.com)

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Telugu Toranam: Escape to the Telugu World

Telugu Toranam is in their words, the "World's First Voice Enabled Indian Entertainment Portal". They have many interesting links for Telugu fans to peruse. Horoscopes, devotional, literature, music, and wallpapers to name but a few.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

A Telugu Composer: MM Keeravani

From Rediff.com:

M M Keervani (his Telugu name) is just one of the many multi-lingual faces that MM Kreem (his Hindi version) adorns. He also goes by Maragathamani for his Tamil projects. Who is this talented composer? Well he's the man behind the music of Paheli. Read more about his career and his "strong foothold" in Telugu films here.

"VCD of Telugu Play Released"

From NewIndPress.com:
"HYDERABAD: Sri Krishna Rayabaram, the famous verse-studded Telugu play based on myths, may have already been staged many a times, but it still can attract many. Any theatre actor would give his eye-teeth for the roles of Sri Krishna and Arjuna in the play. And the verses in Telugu from the play are popular all over the State.

Cashing in on the immense popularity of the play, noted film director V V Vinayak has brought out a VCD of the play, Sri Krishna Rayabaram. Directed by the famous stage director Deekshit D S, the VCD version of the play has Gummadi Gopalakrishna doing the main role of Sri Krishna. Gummadi had won awards from the State Government for enacting this role.

The VCD is brought out in association with A P Department of Culture.

Gummadi’s rendering of the famous verses is marked with excellence."

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Telugu Channel "Vissa TV" To Be Revamped

From IndianTelevision.com:

Chennai-based Telugu channel, Vissa TV is going to "jazz" things up a bit. On June 5th the channel will introduce a new look, and a new logo. In line with the makeover, Vissa will start telecasting dubbed English movies in Telugu. There will also be more interactive programmes, a new game show, a musical talent show and a soap opera.

Telugu Links

I've collected these links for sometime. They're just random Telugu links that you may find interesting:

Andhra Kitchen (recipes)
Telugu songs
Music links
TDP (politics)
Telugu Bhakti (religious)
Telugu Babloo ( a site for Telugu kids)

100 Ways To Say I Love You: Telugu Included

This has been passed about the web for awhile now: 100 Ways to Say I Love You. Of interest to readers of this blog is that the Telugu translation ("Nenu ninnu premistunnanu") is also included (scroll down once you click on the link above).

Monday, May 09, 2005

When Bond Meets a Hyderabad Guy

I found this joke while blog surfing. It's worth a few laughs, because the consequences for "Bond, James Bond", are quite different when he meets a Telugu guy from Hyderabad:
James Bond: "My name's Bond...(smiles and then says).... James Bond. And you?"

Telugu Guy: "I am Sai...
Venkata Sai...
Siva Venkata Sai...
Laxminarayana Siva Venkata Sai....
Srinivasulu Laxminarayana Siva Venkata Sai...
Rajasekhara Srinivasulu Laxminarayana Siva Venkata Sai.....
Sitaramanjaneyulu Rajasekhara Srinivasulu Laxminarayana Siva Venkata Sai....
Bommiraju Sitaramanjaneyulu Rajasekhara Srinivasulu Laxminarayana Siva Venkata Sai...."

James Bond faints!!!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Telugu History: The Kakathiya Dynasty

Just found a cool blog about the Kakathiya Dynasty (1100-1474 AD). Makes for interesting reading.

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope all the lovely mother's out there have a beautiful day! You can send your mother a Telugu greeting from TeluguPeople.com. See below for a sampling of what they have to offer:



BharathGreetings.com offers Telugu greetings as well.

‘Maharashtra’s minor projects pose major threat to Telangana’

From Newindpress.com:
Sunday May 8 2005
NIZAMABAD: Expressing the fear that the 12 minor irrigation projects being executed by the Maharashtra Government over the river Godavari might turn the five districts of Telangana into a desert, the Telugu Desam on Saturday demanded that the State Government take action to stop the neighbouring State from going ahead with its plans.

A delegation of the Nizamabad Telugu Desam leaders led by former major irrigation minister Mandava Venkateswara Rao and district party unit president Pocharam Srinivas Reddy visited the check-dams on Saturday.

Later speaking to newsmen, they called upon other political parties to rise above party politics and make concerted efforts to protect the interests of the State. According to them, the Maharashtra Government is constructing a check dam for every 45 km between Nasik and the Andhra borders. This way, it is going ahead with the construction of 12 minor irrigation projects at an estimated expenditure of Rs 70 crore.

The check dams, having a depth of 15 metres, height of 11 metres and width of 237 metres, will help Maharashtra draw an additional 60 tmc water which, it hopes to use for irrigation purposes.

The Telugu Desam leaders pointed out that Maharashtra was already drawing more than its allocated share of 250 tmc water from Godavari. ‘‘These additional constructions will make it impossible for the lower reaches to get water,’’ they said.

They said the Rajasekhara Reddy Government should prove its sincerity by taking up the issue of these 12 minor irrigation projects with the Maharashtra Government and the Centre.

Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said it was strange that the Congress Government was turning a blind eye towards Maharashtra’s obvious greed for more water."

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Telugu book on Muslim role in the freedom movement

Telugollu

Check out Telugollu.com, a site for "Telugu people around the world." It's an interactive site which offers reviews, discussions, galleries, movie trailers etc., regarding Telugu films and music. It also offers a Telugu movie star fan blog! Happy surfing!

Friday, May 06, 2005

Get Inspired: Sanghamitra Service Society

From NetAid.org:



NetAid is a non-profit organization that educates, inspires and empowers young people to fight global poverty. One of their projects has an Andhra connection. "The Sanghamitra Service Society" which in their words: "works to address the needs of marginalized groups, especially women and fisher folk, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India."



Read "Sarada's Story" where a local development group in Andhra is working to ensure children go to school and earn a basic education.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Durban Gospel Singer is Making Waves Abroad: In Telugu Too!

From: The Post

Durban gospel diva Jane Kolia, is making waves in several countries, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Dubai, with the release of her latest CD Yese Prabhuvu Mariyu Devudu (Jesus is Lord and God).

This 11 track CD includes Christian songs in Telugu, Urdu, Tamil and Hindi and is produced by Kolia, a former teacher. She has been recording CDs overseas for several years.

Telugu songs include Nadipinchu, Akasamulu, Eni Thelusuna; Urdu songs are Yesu Neh Zindgi and Suun Kae Meri; Tamil songs are Enthevan En Vealicham, Yesumanidanai, Anuragam and Enthevan En Vealicham and Hindi tracks are Tereleeya and Parisutham.

Interesting Telugu News

Telugu Tanam and Sodi Blog both have interesting pieces of Telugu news on their websites today. Check them out!

Zee Telugu Hand Sheshadri moves to Broadcast Worldwide

From IndianTelevision.com:

More news on Zee Telugu! Read it here.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Andhra Pradesh: Rallies mark May Day

From The Hindu:
"ADILABADNALGONDA: Trade unions belonging to the Left parties celebrated May Day here on Sunday by organising rallies and public meetings at important junctions in the town. The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-affiliated Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) organised a public meeting at the Ambedkar Chowk where the CPI (M) State executive committee member, S. Malla Reddy, was the chief guest.

In his address to the gathering, he criticised the NDA Government at the Centre and the Congress Government in the State for their anti-worker policies.

ADILABADNALGONDA: Working class celebrated the occasion in 59 mandals and 40 industrial centres across the district.

Red flags were hoisted and workers took out rallies to mark the historical day.

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) observed the day as anti-imperialism day. The United Electricity Employees Union and the Agricultural Co-operative Societies Employees Union organised meetings at the district headquarters."

Read about May Day rallies in Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam, and Hyderabad.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Telugu on Amaztype

Check out the search results for Telugu on Amaztype. Amaztype is a search engine that uses Amazon Web Services to obtain info and images related to books, music, videos and dvds. The search queries come out in an image-based manner. Just click on each search graphic to find specific information.

MSP Brings A Bit of Good Luck for AP Farmers

From NewIndPress.com:
"HYDERABAD: Problems are aplenty but not impossible to solve and bring back the lost smiles on the faces of the farmers in Andhra Pradesh. With the Central government announcing Minimum Support Price (MSP) only for select crops like paddy, cotton and sugarcane, it is but natural that farmers prefer them whether or not assured water and other inputs are available. Prof Jayati Ghosh Commission on Farmers' Welfare suggested that the government should also procure nutritious cereals like ragi, bajra and jowar and other related crops from farmers so that they gain currency as cash crops. “But then, the Central government should direct Food Corporation of India (FCI) and other procurement agencies to buy the produce,” senior officials of the agriculture department told this website’s newspaper. According to them, the government was in the process of setting up a state-level procurement co-ordination committee with Chief Secretary as its chairman. The committee would meet before the commencement of procurement season and finalise arrangements for enhancing the quality procured by the agencies.

Fake and spurious pesticides is another problem haunting the farmers in the state and experts suggest that they should switch over to organic fertilisers like in developed nations. “If our farmers use organic fertilisers and maintain standards, they can even knock at the gates of global markets,” senior scientist at Agricultural Research Centre in Warangal Prof Jalapathi Rao said. Apart from man-made calamities, even natural disasters at the peak of harvesting season are harming the small and marginal farmers of the North Telangana districts. " Read more here.

Blogger of Note is from Andhra Pradesh!

Blogger's most recent Blog of Note is authored by a blogger hailing from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Suhit Anantula's "MBA in Australia" blog has been given the honourable Blogger nod. His blog tracks his journey through an MBA program in Australia. He has other websites devoted to rural India. Be sure to check them out. Congratulations Suhit!

Update: We have another reason to be proud, Suhit tells me that he is Telugu! Hooray!!

China Woos Aspiring Medicos from Andhra Pradesh

From NewIndPress.com:
"HYDERABAD: Is China the next medical education destination? It would seem so if you go by the hard sell marketing tactics city-based `educational consultants' have adopted to make Chinese institutions attractive to aspiring medicos. To showcase all that China has to offer, Eamcet, an education fair was organised recently, to which some 80,000 students flocked. Half-a-dozen consultants wooed students and their parents to Chinese universities. So what's the USP? The simple marketing mantra: `low cost and high quality'. The brochures indulge in some crass advertising, screaming about the fact that eligibility for the five-and-half year MBBS course, including a year's internship in China for which there is no entrance test and 50 per cent marks at the 10 +2 level, the fee is about $ 2,000 or about Rs 90,000 a year. That translates to a cool Rs 3,60,000 for the entire course. The final semester would cost about $ 1,000 (Rs 45,000). Add $ 500 a year each for food and accommodation (Rs 45,000). Registration, admission, air tickets, visa handling and other trivia will take about another Rs 1.2 lakh.

“China has opened up the gates to its medical education only last year,” says Raju representing the Neo Educational Organisation based at Chikkadpally, which also has branches at Kakinada and Visakhapatnam. “We have sent 20 students to China in September last,” says V Anuradha, manager, Aspratech Education Consultants. The students, who have had their intermediate education with biology as an option, need to apply for an eligibility certificate from the Medical Council of India to study for the course in China (or any country). After completing the MBBS course, the students would have to qualify once again in an MCI screening test in order to be recognised as medical professionals. Nanjing, Soochow, Shangdong, Shihezi, Hebei, Jilin and China Medical Universities are among the most touted recognised institutions and offer medical education in English. But a word of caution: get to know the institutions' credibility before committing yourself."