Maharashtra investors to get tailor-made business incentives for investments from Andhra Pradesh Government

Investor Summit - Mumbai

New Delhi, 21 February 2023: At Andhra Pradesh‘s successful Investors Meet in Mumbai today, held ahead of its Global Investors Summit 2023, the government assures the fastest single-window clearance, usable coastline, ports, quality power, abundant land bank, state-of-the-art infrastructure to Maharashtra investors for collaborating businesses for growth.

By calling the state of Maharashtra, the largest economy in India, accounting for over 14% of India’s GDP and contributing to 20% of industrial output in the country, Shri. Gudivada Amarnath, Minister for Industries, Infrastructure, Investment & Commerce, Information Technology, Handlooms & Textiles, Andhra Pradesh, said that the industry meet would help improve cooperation between the growth-oriented, economic power-house states in the country.

“With its diversified portfolio across the industry (including sectors such as automobiles, chemicals, aerospace & defence, pharmaceuticals, textiles, etc), Infrastructure (ports, road network), IT/ITeS, Startup ecosystem, Gems & Jewellery, Finance, Tourism, the state boasts of the highest per capita income of $3,800 in 2021-22,” said Shri Amarnath.

“At the moment, 89 large projects are under active implementation with a total investment of INR 2.2 Lakh Crore (USD 27.54 billion) with the potential to create employment for 20,000 people,” he added.

Being the Champion State in Ease of Doing Business, and with the availability of large industrial land banks, 530 industrial estates, 293 industrial parks, 31 MSME parks, 6 special economic zones (SEZs), 3 information technology SEZs, and 3 major industrial corridors, Andhra Pradesh is a competitive investment destination on India’s east coast.

Talking at the Meet, about the state’s rich history of economic and industrial development across multiple sectors, that continue to contribute to the growth of India’s economy, Shri. Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, Hon’ble Minister, Finance & Planning, Commercial Taxes, Legislative Affairs, Skill Development & Training, Government of Andhra Pradesh said that the state is taking big strides as evidenced by its economic growth, the state recorded a GSDP growth rate of 11.43%, which was the highest among all states in FY22 and in the last three years, the state’s exports have increased at a CAGR of 9.3%.

“Over the past few years, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has undertaken several path-breaking reforms and initiatives to strengthen governance, improve the business environment, promote policy stability, drive competitiveness, and enhance transparency, to boost the investment climate,” added Shri Rajendranath.

The government is also inviting businesses to set up shops to its vibrant city of Visakhapatnam which ranks among India’s top 5 cleanest cities as per the recent Swachh Bharat Rankings.

As per Shri Audimulapu Suresh, Hon’ble Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development, present at the event, the city of Visakhapatnam is their biggest urban agglomeration. With a coastline that stretches for 85 km, Visakhapatnam is a growing port city with 20 million residents, 5.8 million households, and 681.92 square km of land. “The vibrant coastal city is cosmopolitan in nature and a hub for industrial, educational, and tourist activities attracting investments from Public and Private Companies that include Oil Refinery, Zinc, Fertilizers, Steel, Dredging, Heavy Engineering, Ship Building, and Power Generation. Large-scale industries said, Shri Suresh.

The state of Andhra Pradesh is showcasing its rich natural resources, large investments in infrastructure, land bank, and intensive reforms in rules and regulations at successful investors’ meetings in Mumbai. These efforts, taken together, position Andhra Pradesh as the state where abundance meets prosperity. The event is the fourth of many such meets that is being organized in the run-up to the Global Investors Summit on March 3rd -4th 2023 in Visakhapatnam.

The ministries, state government institutions, and officers from various departments had an open interaction with the investing community in Mumbai today. Promising to handhold potential investors and facilitate the fastest turnaround time. The presentations showcased the present and upcoming infrastructure and the conducive policy environment of the state. Agriculture, Agro-based industries, maritime sector, manufacturing, food processing, ports, IT and Electronics, handlooms, and textiles sectors attracted significant interest at the event.

Andhra Pradesh is India’s gateway to the southeast with its 974 km long coastline, the second longest in the country, 6 existing ports, and 4 upcoming ports. Coincidently, it has also emerged as the fastest-growing state in India, as per the number released so far, with double-digit growth of 11.43% in 2021-22. The state has embarked on a rapid growth path under the able leadership of Sri Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Honourable Chief Minister. Thanks to the governance reforms and formulation of investor-friendly policies by the government, the state has emerged on top in terms of ease of doing business (EoD) for three consecutive years.

Consistent improvement in the governance framework to create hassle-free investing is augmented by hard infrastructure. The improvements have been duly recognized and the state has received various awards over the last year alone. To name a few the LEADS award for logistics 2022, the Inertia Award for Energy 2022, the ET award for port-led, and the infrastructure project 2022.

The event was also graced by the key functionaries of state government including Shri. Sridhar Lanka, Advisor to the Andhra Pradesh Government, Shri Robin Banerjee, Vice Chairman, CII Maharashtra State Council,- Shri M. Govinda Reddy, Chairman, APIIC, Smt. Bandi Nagendra Punyaseela, Chairperson, APIDC, Smt. Sunitha, Principal Secretary, Handlooms & Textiles, Shri Saurabh Gaur, Secretary, IT & Electronics and Skill Development,- Shri Shanmohan, CEO, AP Maritime Board, Smt. Srijana Gummalla, Director of Industries, Shri Sridhar Reddy, CEO, AP Food Processing Society, Bharat Kumar Coo – AP food processing society, and Industry leaders from Tamil Nadu.

Delhi-based NGO celebrated Mahashivratri by Distributing Milk to the Underprivileged

Distributing Milk to the Underprivileged

New Delhi, February 20, 2023: In light of the auspicious festival of Mahashivratri, Delhi-based NGO, Wishes and Blessings distributed 2000 milk glasses to the homeless and destitute children. The drive was executed by organizing a unique milk distribution drive across Delhi NCR, Jharkhand, Karnataka, and West Bengal on 18th February 2023.

Wishes and Blessings have been celebrating this holy festival in a distinctive manner for the last six years. The beneficiaries of this year’s milk distribution drive include street and slum children, homeless children living in night shelters, orphans, visually impaired children, and children with physical disabilities. The NGO welcomed kind-hearted and generous individuals to come forward and contribute to this unique initiative.

Commenting on the occasion, the Founder and President of Wishes and Blessings said,

“It’s in small moments like these that I realize the magnitude of the efforts of social workers and in moments like these that I realize that every effort contributes to making a difference. It warmed my heart to see the contentment of the little ones as they gulped the glasses of milk. What we take for granted is a luxury for so many of the lesser fortunate out there. I appreciate everyone who came forward to assist us in spreading joy and positivity to those in need.”

Anjali, a beneficiary from the streets of Delhi said,

“Mama told me that milk is very nutritious for young children like me. I am so grateful that the didis and bhaiyas came to distribute these refreshing glasses of milk to me and my siblings. I feel happy and stronger today!”

Since 2014, Wishes and Blessings have been spreading happy smiles amongst the underprivileged through their various happiness-centric programs.

Innovate Odisha: The Mega Destination for Innovators

Innovate Odisha Hackathon

Bhubaneswar, 20th February 2023: AIC-Nalanda and Karkhana Makerspace organized ‘Innovate Odisha’ at AIC-Nalanda Incubation Centre, Bhubaneswar on 19thand 20th February 2023, which lights up the bright and innovative ideas of creative thinkers. Innovate Odisha is a platform for engineers, non-engineers,students &professionalstocollaborateandbuildinnovative solutions for various challenging problems.

This 24-Hours Hackathon is based on themes of futuristic technology like Internet of Things, Cloud, AI, Future Mobility, Applied Robotics, Metaverse, and Web 3.0. Founder’s Talk, Music Nite, and Community Talk are also part of the program. Renowned guests from the Government and Corporate world will share their valuable thoughts and experiences with the young and enthusiastic innovators.

From over morethan300participants,80 were selected under 20 finalist teams. More than 15eminentspeakers and 30+ corporates were also a part of the program. Exciting cash prizes for Winners & Runners Up will make Innovate Odisha a most sought-after event for innovators.

President of Vedanta Aluminium Limited (Odisha and Chattisgarh) Dr.Tapan Kumar Chand in his address to the gathering said “We must encourage such product hackathons as that will speed up implementation of Industry 4.0 products & services”. He further added that the list of all innovations made during this hackathon should be shared with the Industry Associations & other relevant bodies to ensure seamless integration between innovations done at Business Incubators & Industry.

CEO of AIC-Nalanda Shri Devjyoti Mohanty delivered the welcome address to the gathering and said that “We at AIC-Nalanda have strongly believed that fresh minds create better innovation which is why we as an incubator have always practiced encouraging students across all levels of education.”

The Founder & CEO of Karkhana Makerspace Shri Siddharth Bhatter delivered the vote of thanks.

Innovate Odisha is going to prove itself as an extraordinary platform for students from various Colleges& Universities across the State. It will enable them to use their creativity to innovate and explore new ideas. This Hackathon focuses on Learning than winning and shall be an exciting opportunity for all creative thinkers to meet and develop impactful solutions to re-write India’s true growth story.

AICTE launches BTech Electronics (VLSI Design and Technology), Diploma in IC manufacturing

New Delhi | February 20, 2023

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) launched the curriculum designed for two new programs of BTech Electronics (VLSI Design and Technology) and a Diploma in IC manufacturing.

The courses shall be uploaded on the AICTE portal.

Any number of AICTE-affiliated colleges/universities/technical institutions may opt to offer these courses.

This course will provide a variety of employment roles featuring outstanding salary incentives for Indian students in global as well as Indian companies.

Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “The PM approved the Semicon India program on Jan 1, 2022. In consultation with the Semiconductor industry and all the experts, a curriculum has been developed and today AICTE within the Ministry of Education has launched two new programs.”

“First is a BTech program in semiconductors and second is a diploma program in semiconductors. These two programs will help us create very good semiconductor talent throughout the engineering ecosystem. I would encourage the youngsters, students, and industries to participate in the programs,” Ashwini Vaishnaw added.

Prof. T G Sitharam, Chairman, AICTE launched the Model Curricula on Semiconductor Design and IC Manufacturing for UG and Diploma students of technical institutions. He shared his experiences while being a faculty of IISc and thereafter part of academic administration at IIT Guwahati. He emphasized on the nature of education the institutions are imparting should be interdisciplinary. Besides, he requested that academic institutions to opt for starting new courses in the area of the semiconductor domain so as to meet future manpower needs.

Dr. P. Shyama Raju, Chancellor, of REVA University thanked AICTE for conducting an interesting event in line with the Mission of the country to become a semiconductor hub. Further, he also requested the industry personnel to come forward and let the academic fraternity be aware of their domain-specific requirements.

The VLSI sector is a high-paying industry and is immune to automation.

It will create an environment for the Semiconductor ecosystem for setting and scaling up.

The B.Tech in Electronics (VLSI Design and Technology) will include Introduction to IC Design and Technology, Digital systems labs, Semiconductor Device Fundamentals, Analog Electronics, Introduction to CMOS processing, Introduction to VLSI Design, Analog IC Design, Statis Timing Analysis, Fabrication and characterization lab and Physics of Electrical engineering materials.

The Diploma in IC Manufacturing will include an Introduction to VLSI Fabrication, Semiconductor Fab familiarisation, Electronic Devices and circuits, Clean room technologies, Semiconductor Technology Equipment Maintenance, Allied activities for the foundry like safety protocol for foundry, vacuum technology, Industrial automation, Semiconductor packaging and testing, Electronics system assembly or product design and Renewable energy technologies.

The Semicon India program (with a total outlay of Rs 76,000 crore) is aimed at the development of the semiconductor and display manufacturing ecosystem in India.

The program provides financial support to companies investing in semiconductors, display manufacturing and design ecosystems.

In line with the Semicon India program, the Chips to Startup (C2S) program aims to train 85,000 engineers (Bachelor, Masters, and Research level combined) qualified in ESDM disciplines over a period of 5 years. Necessary tie-ups with 82 technical education institutes have been made.

Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons, confers the coveted ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Padma Shri Dr. Prasada Rao!

Padma Shri Dr. Prasada Rao!

Hyderabad, February 20th, 2023: Padmashri Dr. Dasari Prasada Rao, former Director of Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences and Chairman, Nano Hospitals Pvt. Ltd.; was conferred the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS) – the association of heart surgeons of India, at its 69th Annual Conference, held at Coimbatore. He was felicitated with the coveted award in recognition of his yeoman service and excellence in heart, lung, and liver surgeries, spanning over four decades. Chief Guest Shri MA. Subramanian, Minister for Medical and Health, Tamil Nadu; Dr. Jail Singh Mehrwal, President, IACTS and Dr. C.S. Hairmath, Secretary, IACTS; other dignitaries and over a thousand heart surgeons from pan India; graced the occasion.

Dr. Prasada Rao earned enormous admiration and goodwill from his patients and professional peers alike, for his dexterity and expertise, on par with the best in the world, in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. He is acknowledged for his high standard of proficiency in performing coronary bypass surgeries, heart valve surgeries, and other heart operations and won the gratitude of patients for being their lifesaver. During his tenure as the Director of NIMS Hospital, Hyderabad; he initiated several visionary measures including equipping the hospital with advanced facilities, construction of the new building, setting up of state-of-the-art medical facilities like accident and emergency hospital, specialty Hospital, stem cell facility, bone marrow treatment, etc. He upgraded NIMS and ensured it was counted among the best healthcare facilities in the country. He played an active role in acquiring 200 hundred acres of land for NIMS University at Bibi Nagar, which is currently shaping into the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences. As the founding director of the Care Group of Hospitals, Mediciti Hospital, he contributed significantly to their transformation into centers of excellence. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2001 along with many other awards for his multi-faceted services. Dr. Prasada Rao is currently serving as the Chief Cardiac Surgeon at Apollo Spectra Hospital, Ameerpet, Hyderabad.

Carving Time by Rajesh Ram at Palette Art Gallery

By Rajesh Ram at Palette Art Gallery 

“I’m constantly exploring the properties of the place of history amidst a fluidity and movement created with heavy connotations of human reality and the power of politics in the life of man .” Rajesh Ram

An artist who contends with surpassing the limitations of the physical constraints of materiality while interrogating notions of perceived reality, power, and strength within the history of politics, hybrid forms, and the existence of man. Drawing upon his extensive knowledge of nature, history and anatomy, Rajesh Ram examines perceived material capabilities and how man and herbed forms appear in surprising ways in the haunts of history. The 40 pieces of stoneware sculptures represent imaginative , fascinating forms, suggesting mathematical perfection to the fusion of half man half animal , while the exterior surfaces reflect dusty ruin amorphousness ,in the textures resembling — metaphors for the human experience and where real beauty in all of forms and humans including homo sapiens can be found.There is a seamless strain of poetics within the juxtaposition of fragility and strength in the stoneware forms that he works with. Within the structure of sculptural vignettes we see a physical duality which unravels as a parallel to the very notions and paradoxes of the human condition. This exhibition is a natural evolution of Rajesh Ram’s sculptural work exploring the physical nature of materials, the place of memory and the politics of human behaviour. Characters leap out of the pages of history.Its like a melange of memories that have frozen into stoneware sculptures that tell stories of the past woven into present day debacles in politics.

Homo Sapien series

Ram’s Homo Sapien series is a Darwinian delight. He juxtaposes the homo sapiens with Indian temple sculptures .“ I have always had a fascination for the roots of human history , it creates an unending curiosity within me,” says Ram. “ In this sculpture I am creating a bridge between the past and the present. I have portrayed an erotic figurine style from Indian temple sculptures. I wanted to represent fertility and procreation of civilisations by making these sculptures. Here I have created 10 Homosapien sculptures in different styles and figurations .”

Evolution of man

What Ram has done is to create a surreal environment that evokes the spirituality and naturality of the evolution of man within relics of Hinduism in the temple sculptures that create not just a corollary of conversations, but simply add a sense of tranquil contemplation. You may know that you are -sitting on a bench inside this beautiful walled gallery, but the glowing light rays create patterned shadows of the sculptural finesse that Ram conjures to create a whole set of design dynamics that go beyond the banal to carve a visual history that is unique.

You can almost smell the peculiar musty scent of ancient places of worship, places where thousands of people have gone before you over hundreds of years to think, pray, plead and worship. Sometimes the face sheds tears, sometimes it watches in silent angst, and sometimes you see deep love, each homo sapien is an emotive evocation in sculptural finesse and this is the kind of power and quizzical quotient that Ram’s work emanates.

Art and Architecture

Blending religious art and architecture in some works that are wall stories , eschews human and animal depictions, and these constraints seem to be spiritually effective. Visually glorious botanical patterns and small , specific depictions result in something that feels universal. The pillars and arches constructed during the golden age of innovations in math and science, seem to surely feed such stunning decorative geometries.Human Roots and Spacecraft are two works that play with symbolism and geometry.

“ Sculptures and architecture are records of the past,” says Ram. “ Somehow we can track the passage of history through these artworks. It also talks about human development and so many journeys. So I portrayed the human brain to show the roots of human existence . I use architectural representation because it is my favorite expression for my art practice.”

Standing in the dim lit avant- garde space at Palette Art Gallery, looking at the filigree of shadows in stoneware , you feel like you could soar or sink into solitude within the volume of the room. Some of the most compelling pieces such as Left Over, Space, Melting Backbone combine zoological brilliance, articulations and atmosphere. Even in this technologically saturated age, the simple magic of melding imagery of man and animals as hybrids and shadows still rivets people.

Man and nature

Half Head has a hippo with mouth wide open fused into the head of man. “ When I sculpted this roaring hippo a few years ago, I was narrating the story of power, and the travelling notes of history. Half Head represents the politics behind the throne . This composition is the creation of a scene of how my mind plays back the narration of the beauty of the reality of History and its multiple elements,” says Ram.

Ram’s man and nature hybrid pieces give us a sense of wonder at both the elements of inclusion as well as exclusion. It is like a journey in intersections. Ram translates these contradictory feelings into his sculptures , by creating a contemplative space of his own making of dualities that is open to all. He uses simple means to dramatic effect: a single, human head or figure and plantar fronds and roots shine through intricately created botanical elements made from stoneware and treated with ash. Each side of these sculptures are a hallmark of brilliance in juxtaposition and form, repeating asymmetrical patterns that Ram designs by combining and adapting different decorative elements he sees on various travels to different parts of the world.The antiquated shapes and forms on the human and animal faces become shadows on the gallery walls. Within the fusion of man and animal forms there is no clear boundary or separation that exists; our moving eyes change the nature of the pattern as we walk freely through the dense silhouettes in the gallery.

Bridge between past and future As visitors we become part of the imagery as the patterns project the facial complexity of the sculptures . The idea that we are all connected, that the fabric of humanity is inherently interwoven, is a theme that runs through this suite of works in the show. One stellar work is Lucas Bringer of Light .

“ This is one of the characters I created in my imagination which acts as a bridge between the past and the future,” says Ram.

“ When I look into the pages of history, something pushes me to think about the beginning of everything . All the characters that figure somehow also tell so many stories from the beginning.”In the patterns of stoneware we see an attempt to immerse viewers in shared experiences and inclusive spaces. Ram creates his own images of interpretation. Suspended between past present and future the sculptures transform the surrounding environment, alluding to the associations of materials and memories.These exquisitely detailed sculptures are framed into intricate incorporations of iconography and textual referencing scientific , mystical and cultural commentaries surrounding creation narratives. In many ways Ram is conceiving his litany of works as a dialog between science and man . We are taken back to the story of Earth’s creation in seven days, marking the beginning of the world and in essence, of time itself. In contrast, theories of evolution, which arose during the nineteenth century, chronicle a history that began billions of years before humanity’s existence. Ram brings all of this alive.He also interweaves a multiplicity of belief systems. This show of stoneware sculptures is an odyssey of blending elements from the natural world, each sculpture becoming a self-contained symbolic universe exploring the fluidity of time and how diverse narratives coalesce and intersect. In the imagination of his own universe the artist Rajesh Ram steps into multiple orbits that transcend time and tide.

Celebrity Cricket League 2023 off to a great start at Raipur

The Celebrity Cricket League 2023 started off to a great innings at Raipur with enthralling matches between Bengal Tigers Vs Karnataka Bulldozers and Chennai Rhinos Vs Mumbai Heroes on day 1.

The matches were amazing with some blitzing performances by players from all sides. The game was entertaining and a powerhouse of cricketing fun in an all-new format. It is the first time in cricket history that a T20 match will be played in 2 innings of 10 overs each. The new format offers More Cricket, More Entertainment, and More Fun with the Cine Stars from 8 teams competing for the CCL 2023 crown

The first game was won by Karnataka Bulldozers who defeated Bengal Tigers by 8 wickets. Chennai Rhinos dominated the second game by beating Mumbai Heroes and won the match by 10 wickets.

CCL 2023 offers More Cricket, More Entertainment, and More Fun with the Cine Stars from 8 teams representing the respective Film Industries. A Galaxy of stars were present for the game at Raipur including Bobby Deol, Sohail Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Sharad Kelkar, Kiccha Sudeep, and many actresses accompanying the teams to raise the Glamour Quotient.

Match 1: Bengal Tigers Vs Karnataka Bulldozers

Bengal Tigers won the toss and elected to Bat First. In the 1st Innings Bengal Tigers scored 73 Runs for 8 wickets in the allotted 10 Overs. In reply during 1st Innings Karnataka Bulldozers scored 93 Runs for 5 wickets in the allotted 10 Overs securing the lead of 20 Runs with Pradeep Bogadi scoring the 53 runs. In 2nd Innings Bengal Tigers scored 76 Runs for 6 wickets in the allotted 10 Overs. In reply Karnataka Bulldozers achieved the target in the 7th Over of their innings and won the match. Pradeep Bogadi (Karnataka Bulldozers) was declared Man of the match.

Match 2: Chennai Rhinos Vs Mumbai Heroes

Chennai Rhinos won the toss and elected to Field. Mumbai Heroes scored 94 Runs for 2 wickets in the allotted 10 Overs with Captain Ritesh Deshmukh scoring 41 Runs followed by Shabbir Aluwalia with 38 Runs. In reply: Chennai Rhinos scored 150 Runs for no loss in the allotted 10 Overs securing the lead of 56 Runs.The Opening pair played a blitzkrieg knock with Vikranth scoring 80 Runs in 40 balls along with his partner Wicket Keeper Ramana scoring 58 Runs. In the 2nd Innings Mumbai Heroes scored 91 Runs for 5 wickets setting a target of 36 runs to win for Chennai Rhinos. Chennai Rhinos completed the formality with openers Vishnu Vishal and Shantanu in the 4th Over winning the game by10 wickets. Actor Vikranth (Chennai Rhinos) was the man of the match.

The league has Parle as the Title Sponsor for CCL 2023 and A23 – a skill-based gaming platform- as this season’s Presenting Sponsor.

According to Mr. Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Founder & Managing Director of Celebrity Cricket League, “We are delighted to bring back the Reimagined, Refreshed, and Reloaded edition of Celebrity Cricket League 2023. This season offers More Cricket, More Celebrities, and More Fun for the visitors with the new format of a T20 with 2 innings of 10 overs each per team. We are excited at the response to the first 2 games and look forward to more excitement in the rest of the games.”

Actor-producer Riteish Deshmukh is leading Mumbai Heroes, Punjab De Sher captain is actor Sonu Sood, Bhojpuri Dabanggs has actor Manoj Tiwari as their captain, actor Jisshu Sengupta is leading Bengal Tigers, Karnataka Bulldozers will be led by actor Kiccha Sudeep, Telugu Warriors is headed by actor Akhil Akkineni, Kerala Strikers has actor Kunchacko Boban as their captain and actor Aarya is captain of Chennai Rhinos.

The matches will be telecasted live and exclusively across the ZEE TV network on 6 different channels.

All 19 Games of CCL are to be telecasted on Zee Anmol Cinema, 4 League Matches of the home team, and 2 Semis + 1 Final in their respective Regional language Commentary. Matches of Mumbai Heroes will be telecasted on & Pictures Hindi, PTC Punjab will telecast matches of Punjab De Sher, Zee Cinemalu, Zee Thirai, Zee Pichar, Zee Biskope, Zee Bangla will telecast matches of Telugu Warriors, Chennai Rhinos, Karnataka Bulldozers, Bhojpuri Dabanggs, Bengal Tigers and matches of Kerala Strikers will be telecasted on Flowers TV.

CCL 2023 is all set to thrill cricket and movie fans alike in its new season – Reimagined, Refreshing, and Reloaded!

Fasten your seatbelts for more Fun!!

To plan your next 5 weekends refer to the match schedule enclosed herewith.

Hyderabad Black Hawks win five-set thriller against Chennai Blitz

Hyderabad Black Hawk

Hyderabad, 20th February 2023: Hyderabad Black Hawks defeated the Chennai Blitz 10-15, 15-14, 15-9, 12-15, 15-11 in the second season of the RuPay Prime Volleyball League powered by A23 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad. Superstar Vijay Deverakonda, who is the co-owner of the Hyderabad Black Hawks team was also in attendance to witness the thrilling contest. SV Guru Prashanth was named the Player of the match.

Jobin Varghese showed a fiery spirit straight off the bat, making his presence known with fiery attacks and strong blocks. Akhin’s presence breathed new life into Chennai’s attacks.

Naveen’s smart attacks from the outside lines kept causing troubles for the Hawks, but Guru kept bringing things back to level pegging with his spikes. Hemanth’s magic with the serves kept Hyderabad in the match. Guru found space to go for hard spikes and Hyderabad took control of the match.

The miscommunications between Chennai players led to errors from Akhin and Hyderabad made the most of it. Lal Sujan started feeding the middle and Trent O’Dea came to life to shut down Chennai’s resistance.

But just when it looked like the hosts will run away with the contest, libero Ramanathan and Prasanna began setting up Akhin for spikes. Pulling off a double duty, with serves and blocks from the middle, Akhin brought his team back into the contest.

With the match going right down to the wire, it was a real test of nerves for both sides. Hyderabad faltered with their receptions as Renato tested the opposition with powerful serves. But the two-man defense line of Saurabh Maan and John Joseph tackled Akhin and made sensational blocks in the final few minutes to help Hyderabad pick a sensational win.

Ahmedabad Defenders will be up against Chennai Blitz at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium on the fifth day of the Hyderabad leg of the RuPay Prime Volleyball League at 1900 hrs onwards IST on Sunday, 19th February 2023.

Vijay Deverakonda’s presence adds glamour to volleyball match in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, February 20th, 2023: The Telugu film star Vijay Deverakonda attended the RuPay Prime Volleyball League match between Chennai Blitz and the home team Hyderabad Black Hawks at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday. The ‘Arjun Reddy’ star, who is a co-owner of the volleyball franchise, spoke on his reasons for association with the Black Hawks’ – and talked about his love for the sport.

“I love volleyball and I love Hyderabad. This league is going to be one of the most-watched leagues in the country. It is going to be a massive source of entertainment. It will have a loyal following. It seemed like a smart business decision. And my love for the city and love for the sport made me do it,” Vijay said.

“What I love about volleyball is it’s super aggressive. It involves smashes, the dives. It’s a very quick-moving game. Every five minutes there are turns and changes. In school, we all really idolised the attackers. It’s a really cool game to follow and one of the biggest sports to follow in the world,” he added.

Predicting the future of the league, Vijay said: “RuPay Prime Volleyball League is going to be one of the biggest leagues of volleyball across the world in terms of audience and in terms of players.”

The RuPay Prime Volleyball League powered by A23 will be telecast LIVE on Sony Sports Ten 1 (English), Sony Sports Ten 3 (Hindi), Sony Sports Ten 4 (Tamil & Telugu) & Sony Sports Ten 2 (Malayalam) channels in India and will be streamed on Volleyball World TV outside the Indian subcontinent, starting February 4, Saturday.

Hyderabad go down fighting against Jamshedpur

Hyderabad: In spite of a valiant effort by everyone present at the Maidaan, Hyderabad FC fell to a grueling 2-3 defeat against Jamshedpur FC in an entertaining Indian Super League clash at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium in Hyderabad earlier today.

Bartholomew Ogbeche (12’, 79’) scored a brace while Joao Victor missed a penalty for Hyderabad. Ritwik Das (22’), Jay Emmanuel Thomas (27,p) and Daniel Chukwu (29’) scored in the space of 10 minutes to take a lead that HFC failed to catch in the end.

Manolo Marquez rang in the changes, naming a debutant in goal in Lalbiakhlua Jongte and an all-Indian backline. But his side started the game in fine fashion, also taking the lead through a Bart Ogbeche header from a Borja Herrera corner.

But Ritwik Das’ header and a penalty decision for Jamshedpur in the space of five minutes changed the game. The referee was aided by the linesman in the other half as he decided to consult the fourth official before awarding the visitors a spot kick, in a decision that was questioned by the HFC Head Coach.

Jay Thomas finished off in style before Chukwu beat Nim Dorjee Tamang and dinked one over Biaka to give Jamshedpur a two goal lead.

The second half rang into life after Eli Sabia was sent off for pulling Javi Siverio down as the last man. This allowed Hyderabad to push for a goal and they almost found it when Abdul Rabeeh’s cross was handled inside the box and Hyderabad were awarded a penalty.

However, Joao Victor, who came off the bench for his first outing in over a month, failed to beat Vishal Yadav from the spot. Hyderabad did find a goal through Ogbeche’s strike late in the game, and could have taken all three points with a late goal.

Javi Siverio got a chance just before the final whistle, but his header was straight at the keeper as Hyderabad failed to take their chances and fell to a narrow defeat.

This win keeps Hyderabad on 39 points from 19 games, as they now gear up for the final league clash against the Kerala Blasters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday, February 26.