Author : Ravi P Benjamin


Anganwadis doing yeoman service

Anganwadis doing yeoman service

Mar 09,2017 , 05:36 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
For 30-year-old Shanthi of Obuladevanagar, it was a great day as the Anganwadi centre she is attached to has celebrated her pregnancy by performing Srimantham ceremony. It was really touching for her pregnancy to be celebrated by other women members of the Anganwadi centre. 
Probing riots undercover is challenging: Rana Ayyub

Probing riots undercover is challenging: Rana Ayyub

Jan 20,2017 , 06:14 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
Journalist and author of ‘Gujarat Files’ Rana Ayyub Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah maintained a strategic political decision to keep silent and not to act in any way which would be detrimental to their political interests  after her expose of the ‘State-sponsored’ riots in Gujarat in 2002.
Steep fall in cotton cultivation due to drought, pest attack

Steep fall in cotton cultivation due to drought, pest attack

Dec 25,2016 , 04:01 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The crop acreage and production started dwindling as the scientists warned against cultivating the crop in red soils as it is found to be unsuitable. Only black soils are said to be conducive for cotton cultivation.
Lone voice to raise Rayalaseema issues in Legislative Council

Lone voice to raise Rayalaseema issues in Legislative Council

Nov 17,2016 , 03:09 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
 However, he expressed a sense of satisfaction at doing more than what he promised to the people. Talking to The Hans India, the MLC said that he promised the Graduate voters that he would be their voice and fight for all their problems and concerns in the Council.
Ancient Gagan Mahal regains its beauty

Ancient Gagan Mahal regains its beauty

Nov 10,2016 , 01:58 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The legendary 16th century royal palace located in Penukonda, known as Gagan Mahal, built during the Vijayanagar period which was the second capital of Emperor Sri Krishna Devaraya, has now an eye-feasting look after getting a facelift and restoration of its pristine glory by the Department of Arche0logy and Museums.
Oil mills on slippery ground

Oil mills on slippery ground

Oct 28,2016 , 02:49 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
Except four oil mills, 156 oil mills in Anantapur, Hindupur, Tadipatri, Kalyandurg, Rayadurg, Uravakonda and Dharmavaram regions have downed their shutters over a period of time. Today, only four oil mills are taking care of whatever business that is left to them. They are also taking up crushing of other oil seeds.
Paddy crop on verge of withering

Paddy crop on verge of withering

Oct 14,2016 , 11:10 PM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The location resembles fertile areas in Krishna and Godavari districts, but this time the Tungabhadra reservoir has water stored up to 50 per cent of its capacity due to failure of monsoon in Karnataka. Things have worsened in the tail end areas due to inadequate flow of water through the HLC main canal.
Hindupur emerging as electronic hub

Hindupur emerging as electronic hub

Oct 13,2016 , 11:47 PM IST | Andhra Pradesh
Recently 25 MOUs have been signed with the government by industrialists for setting up of large and medium industries in Hindupur and other places in the district. Of the 25 projects, 18 are in the pipeline and are in various stages of implementation. These projects worth more than Rs 30,000 crore investments
Tadiparti, a beacon of hope for civic bodies

Tadiparti, a beacon of hope for civic bodies

Oct 04,2016 , 11:15 PM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The town, which has a history of faction rivalries is today on a progressive mode, adopting civic standards of the developed world in many respects. Tadipatri is the only town in the district with an underground drainage system. It is also tackling the mosquito menace quite effectively. 
Share water; reap rich harvest

Share water; reap rich harvest

Sep 30,2016 , 11:36 PM IST | Andhra Pradesh
This is a story of united effort, coordination and the spirit of sharing of farmers and also those farmers who believed in farm ponds which came to their rescue. Sowing was done in 15,004 acres in June and 12,289 acres in July. Harvesting of the crop will be undertaken in October and November respectively.
Farm ponds bring smiles to ryots’ faces

Farm ponds bring smiles to ryots’ faces

Sep 30,2016 , 12:43 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The Chief Minister's assertion during his visit to the district recently that the farmers would not have been in a precarious situation of crops getting withered had they heeded to his advice to dig farm ponds has influenced the farmers to go for farm ponds. Many farmers until recently felt that having a farm pond in their
Future of puppetry hangs by thin thread

Future of puppetry hangs by thin thread

Sep 01,2016 , 03:01 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The tiny village of Nimmalakunta on the road to Puttaparthy once used to attract tourists and foreigners to this sleepy village. Tourists passing by would stop at the cultural village and visit the artistes and also purchase puppets which tell stories unknown to the foreigners.
Farmers ushering in anera of entrepreneurship

Farmers ushering in anera of entrepreneurship

Aug 23,2016 , 11:21 PM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The State and Central governments are promoting FPOs in a big way with an objective of converting the initiative into a farmers’ cooperative movement, which is expected to have its bearing on the economy of individual farmers’ families as a unit. 
Rural Development Trust helps harness solar energy

Rural Development Trust helps harness solar energy

Aug 11,2016 , 11:48 PM IST | Andhra Pradesh
Farmers unable to purchase pump sets or go in for borewells on their own, are being encouraged to form small groups for water-sharing.The RDT is not only digging community borewells but also encouraging farmers to come together and form groups of four and five and share the water resources by implementing drip irrigation.
Yarns of woe: Uncertain future for handloom weavers

Yarns of woe: Uncertain future for handloom weavers

Aug 11,2016 , 02:20 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The handloom weavers in the district in particular and the weavers in general in the State are a disappointed lot as wide gap persists from the promises made by the government and their actual implementation. 
Generic medicines become a boon to rural poor

Generic medicines become a boon to rural poor

Aug 11,2016 , 01:12 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) is the pioneer in opening the generic medical shops both in urban and rural areas by using the services of women groups. In every mandal, the DRDA works with Mahila Samakhyas which are running the medical shops in 15 mandals in the district.
Central market to help small traders better their business

Central market to help small traders better their business

Aug 06,2016 , 03:45 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) conceived a scheme to help retail traders who are members of self help groups to sell healthy and quality commodities and goods in villages and also boost their business volume by selling them at fair prices and making reasonable profits.
Gotluru panchayat turns waste into wealth

Gotluru panchayat turns waste into wealth

Apr 30,2016 , 03:30 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
Gotluru village panchayat in Dharmavaram Mandal in the district is the first panchayat to come out with a garbage disposal system by setting up a vermicompost yard due to the initiation by the young sarpanch Shivaiah who had built a compost yard and introduced garbage collection from every home in five hamlets coming under the panchayat.
Organic farming gaining popularity in Anantapur

Organic farming gaining popularity in Anantapur

Apr 22,2016 , 12:58 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The district is in for a major organic revolution with the department of Agriculture taking the lead and initiative to wean away farmers from excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides and the disastrous effects of chemical residues on vegetables and fruits apart from air and water pollution, that is causing cancer to the consumers. 
Gangulys transform barren lands into forest in Anantapur

Gangulys transform barren lands into forest in Anantapur

Apr 18,2016 , 03:49 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
As one traverses through the tens of villages in the Chennekothapalle mandal one can witness the green paradise created over two decades by pioneers C K Ganguly and his wife Mary along with a friend D’Souza, who set their foot on barren lands with bald mountains at its backdrop in early 1990’s in C K Palle.
Anantapur residents break their hundis to feed orphans

Anantapur residents break their hundis to feed orphans

Apr 09,2016 , 05:05 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
Drawing inspiration from the generous work of late Father Vincent Ferror, who worked relentlessly to transform Anantapur, scores of cheerful givers are all set to break their hundis (earthen piggybanks) on Saturday here to pool in money for providing nutritious food, education and welfare of  orphan children in the district.     
Cheerful givers ready to break their hundis

Cheerful givers ready to break their hundis

Apr 09,2016 , 01:23 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
RDT is currently working in 3,244 villages of 102 mandals in the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is virtually running a parallel government and implementing schemes on a scale almost equal to the district administration.   
Solar pumpsets find wide acceptance among farmers

Solar pumpsets find wide acceptance among farmers

Apr 08,2016 , 05:11 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
Solar revolution has gripped the district and the destination of several farmers is the office of NREDCAP in the city.