It was a moment of passion and love for the young girl who lost both her parents at a tender age. 16-year-old K.Santoshi broke into tears at the love and affection showered on her by the ladies’ wing of Sri Satya Sai Seva organisation on Saturday.
Santoshi lost her parents due to tuberculosis when she was hardly six-years-old. She was since then living in a thatched shabby accommodation at Madinabagh Colony in the vicinity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and was being looked after by the colony mates.
When the ladies’ wing of Sri Satya Sai Seva Organisation came to know about the plight of the girl whose thatched house was about to collapse, they offered to construct a house for Santoshi.
The newly-constructed house was inaugurated amidst Vedic chanting by Chandana Chalam along with several other office-bearers of ladies wing of the organisation. V.R Nageswara Rao, district president, Sri Satya Sai Seva Organisation, was present on the occasion.
Santoshi was also presented with a new sewing machine to enable her to be self-employed. New clothes, kitchenware and essential commodities, were also presented by the members of the ladies’ wing.
P.R.S.N. Naidu, convener, Sri Satya Sai City Seva Samithi, D. Raghavarao, district service coordinator and others participated in the programme.
A series of matches between a Singapore junior team and the teams from Visakhapatnam District Cricket Association Under-14 Zonal academies commenced at the Port Stadium here on Tuesday.
Before the first match, the teams were introduced to Deputy Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust G.V.L. Satya Kumar. Secretary of VDCA K. Parthasaradhi said that matches will be held till December 21. Each match will be of 30-overs-a-side affairs coaches of VDCA Zonal teams will observe the matches and spot talented players.
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Gitam Institute of Management is organising its 15th Gitam Excellence Meet on December 6 and 7. Over 2,000 participants have already registered to participate in the array of competitions being organised.
Over 300 students from colleges outside the city will also be attending the meet. The entire event is being organised by the students under the guidance of their mentors so that they can learn how to conduct large events. Each of the 850 students of the institute will be given individual responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of the event.
Chief Mentor K. Manjusree Naidu said that the students are handling all aspects of the meet right from finance, marketing to hospitality and they will gain immense exposure from the practical experience.
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As a schoolboy he had watched his seniors shooting arrows at an open space at Paderu, the revenue divisional headquarters of Visakha Agency and gained interest in the sport. Some years later, G. Bairagi Naidu, now doing second year B.Sc. at the Government Degree College at Paderu picked up a couple of medals at the junior national championship and set for a bright future.
At the just-concluded 36th junior national championships held at Kokrathar in Assam, Bairagi Naidu claimed gold in the 40 M Olympic round (elimination round) and silver in the 30 M round event. Earlier in the month he won gold medal in the 30 M senior national championship held in Jabalpur with a record breaking performance. His score of 344 out of 360 points was better than the 10-year-old record of 342 points.
Starting practising archery when he was in the 10th class might be a bit of late start but at Sriramamurthy Archery Association(SAA), run by P. Bhavan Shankar of Narsipatnam, to which his seniors like Sudhakar took him, helped him to hone his skills under SAA trained G. Lakshman and with support from PET T. Sadguru. His mother Satyavathi is looking after a two-acre land at Konthili, 7 km from Paderu and initially he had struggled to keep his interest in archery as there was not much support. However, principal of his college Sobha Rani and other lecturers contributed and presented him with four wooden bows, arrows and target stand.
A demo he and others presented on the RK Beach impressed the then Collector Lav Agarwal who had arranged four international standard recurve variety bows and arrows through the ITDA, Paderu. For him and others the authorities arranged food and stay at the Community Ashram School of Paderu. This facility was discontinued after February and when the full-time Project Officer for ITDA, Vinaychand, took charge, they approached him and he resumed the facility.
Bairagi Naidu participated in the State meets but was not successful initially.
But more hard work and training saw him achieving success. He understood what competition and atmosphere in the State and all-India meets when he participated in the mini sub-junior national championship at Vijayawada in 2009 and State meets and School Games competitions in different places.
He made his presence felt by missing bronze medal by just one point in the sub-junior national championship at Shillong in 2011 after finishing fourth in the State meet held earlier. He won gold in the State meet next year and was ranked fourth overall in the junior national championships held in Hyderabad. In the same year he was 13th in the overall rankings in all-India inter-university meet and reached semi-finals in the Olympic round. Later, he took 20th position in the senior national championships held in Raipur and lost in the semi-finals of the Olympic round.
“I need a good quality bow and arrows and good coaching,” says Naidu. And the local philanthropists are ready to fulfil his wish.
On Sunday, MD of CMR group M.V. Ramana donated Rs. 5,000 to the archer for his good show in the senior and junior championships and a badminton veteran player Usha Sree and her husband Ch. Ravi Naidu presented Rs. 1,116. At the felicitation function held at Andhra University, Ramana, chairman of the District Archery Association T.S.R. Prasad, secretary Satyanarayana and Director of Physical Education of AU M. Syambabu assured Bairagi Naidu that he would get an international quality bow, costing around Rs. 1.30 lakh, before the New Year.
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