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Telangana gets its first International Master నవంబర్ 21, 2014

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M. Chakravarthi Reddy wins Asian Youth Chess Championship U-18 open category title in Delhi

V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

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M. Chakravarthy Reddy of Telangana State won the Asian youth (under-18) open category chess title.

M. Chakravarthi Reddy is all set to become the first-ever, ‘original’ International Master from the newly-formed Telangana State after winning the Asian Youth Chess Championship under-18 open category title in Delhi.

It’s a highly remarkable achievement by the first year student of CBIT in ECE, considering the fact that the first ever IM from the then united Andhra Pradesh was Lanka Ravi way back in 1987 amongst the very few from this part of the country.

It was an event, which was clearly dominated by Indians who won three gold, five silver and two bronze besides, the overall championship.

A proud father, Venkat Reddy, who is an agriculturist hailing from Halia mandal near Nagarjunasagar in Nalgonda district, says that his son started playing chess from class 6 onwards.

Coached by Shiva Kumar and C.R.G. Krishna, this happens to be the first major win for Chakravarthy as his only other big achievements were gold, silver and bronze in the last three editions of the National School Games.

New rules

Because of the change in rules in awarding the IM title, the FIDE will now confer it to the continental champion directly unlike in the past when a player has to complete three IM norms despite winning these kind of events.

The new rule clearly states that on a title gained by achieving a certain place or result in a tournament — winning or achieving with a result of 50 per cent, the respective national federation in Chakravarthi’s case, AICF, will have to send the application and confirmation by the qualification commission, the title will be awarded automatically.

Mosadeghpur Masoud of Iran and Serikbay Chingiz of Kazakhstan settled for silver and bronze respectively in the U-18 Open category.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/telangana-gets-its-first-international-master/article6603919.ece

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Ramalayam built during 14th Century in Dichpally, Nizamabad – ‘Khajuraho of South’ cries for attention నవంబర్ 21, 2014

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The historic Rama temple attracts visitors in droves from all parts of Telangana and neighbouring Maharashtra. According to the temple priest Vanamamalai Krishnamachary, the temple has no minimum facilities like toilets, drinking water and gardens.

P. RAM MOHAN

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The Ramalayam built on a small hillock during the 14th century by the Kakatiya kings at this old village is an architectural marvel and is called the Khajuraho of Indur. Given the historical information available probably it is only the temple constructed on the lines of the famous Khajuraho as regards the erotic sculpture in the entire South India.

Though the temple has a rich historical heritage it has been neglected by the successive governments in making it as an attractive tourist destination. It is situated in the mandal headquarters town of Dichpally at a picturesque location just 3 km from the National Highway 44 and 150 km to north of Hyderabad city.

This temple is visited by hundreds of devotees from all parts of the State and also from neighbouring Maharashtra. During dichpally ram templeBrahmotsavalu, on Vaikunta Ekadasi and Sreerama Navami many devotees visit the temple and on remaining days tourists are buzzing about here. Legend has it that there is a 15-km tunnel route [pedestrian sub-way] from the tank abutting the temple to the Raghunath temple atop Khilla in the Nizamabad urban centre.

It is known as Khajuraho of Indur with images of nude women and men chiseled in erotic poses on the temple walls similar to that of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. Historians say that it is an incomplete temple and reasons for its incompletion are not known. There are 105 steps from the entrance to reach it and it is also called Khilla Dichpally temple as there are remnants of old fort in the surroundings. (మరింత…)