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Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards for 2012 declared

Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards for the year 2012 were declared by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan. The awards are awarded by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).


Rail Wheel factory (Ministry of Railways), Bangalore, Karnataka


  1. Large scale manufacturing: Sakthi Masala P. Ltd., Erode, Tamil Nadu
  2. Large scale service sector: Tata Business Support Services Limited, Hyderabad
  3. Small scale service sector: Elin Appliances Pvt. Ltd., Solan, Himachal Pradesh


Large Scale Manufacturing Industry

  1. Chemical: Dalmia Cement (B) Limited, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh
  2. Electrical & Electronic: EOS Power India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, Maharashtra
  3. Engineering & Others: Currency Note Press (A unit of security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Ltd.), Nashik, Maharashtra
  4. Food & Drug: Mehsana Dist Co-Op Milk Producers’ Union Ltd., Dudhsagar Dairy, Mehsana, Gujarat

Large Scale Service Industry

  1. Health care: Apollo Speciality Hospital Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  2. Others: Engineers India Limited, New Delhi
  3. Education: Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  4. Finanace: Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA), New Delhi

Small Scale Manufacturing Industry

  1. Engineering & Others: Suprabha Protective Products Pvt. Ltd, Pune, Maharashtra


Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards

Introduced in 1991, the Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award is given by the BIS to Indian manufacturing and service organizations that show excellence in their performance.

The award purposes to encourage quality services to the customers and to provide special appreciation to organizations that contribute considerably towards the quality movement of India.

The award is presented annually as per the financial year, and is similar to other national quality awards worldwide like the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award of the United States, European Quality Award of the European Union and the Deming Prize of Japan.

The award is presented to organizations in 5 broad categories:

  1. Large scale manufacturing
  2. Small scale manufacturing
  3. Large scale service sector
  4. Small scale service sector
  5. Best overall

Cash prize of Rs 5,00,000 for BEST OF ALL category, Rs 2,00,000 for each winner in respective category and Rs 1,00,000 for each winner of commendation certificate.


Vijayawada: Ad hoc capital of Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to make Vijayawada an ad hoc capital of the state until the required infrastructure and other projects for the new capital are completed.

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu asked the advisory committee on Capital City to see that the ad hoc capital houses key administrative offices during the interregnum.  Mr. Naidu advised them to visit and study other Indian cities like Chandigarh, New Raipur, Navi Mumbai and Gandhinagar. They have been asked to take cues from global cities like Brasilia, Singapore, Putrajaya (Malaysia) in building A.P.’s capital city.

‘Burra katha’ exponent Daroji Eramma passed away

The renowned and one of the last exponents of ‘Burra Katha’ Daroji Eramma (84) passed away.

Ms. Eramma, belonged to the ‘Budaga Janagama’ community, a nomadic tribe (SC), had perfected the folk art form of storytelling based on mythological and social themes. She was a famous personality across the country. Ms. Eramma could render as many as 12 epics by-heart, as per the records of the Department of Tribal Studies, Kannada University in Hampi. In recognition to her contribution to this art, the Kannada University honored her with the Nadoja Award. She was also conferred the Rajyotsava and Janapada Shri awards.

What is ‘Burra katha’?

“Burra” means ‘tambura’, a musical string instrument with a hollow shell. “Katha” is Sanskrit equivalent of ‘story’. Burra means a skull in Telugu. The shell resembles a human skull. It is made of baked clay or dried pumpkin, or of brass and copper.

Burra katha, is a oral storytelling practice in the Katha tradition, performed in villages of Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Burrakatha tellers are called as “budagajangalu”The ensemble consists of one main performer and two co-performers. It is a narrative entertainment that consists of prayers, solo drama, dance, songs, poems and jokes. The theme will be either a Hindu mythological story or a contemporary social issue.

The art is also known by other local names like Jangam Kataha in the coastal region of Andhra, in Rayalaseema is known as Tandana katha or suddulu and in Telangana it is Tamboora katha or sarada katha.

Popular performers of Burra Katha include Pendyala Venkateswarrao, Paruchuri Ramakotayya, Kosuri Punnayya, Kakumanu Subbarao, Mahankali Lakshmi and Moturi Udayam

The art is now on the verge of extinction with people turning to TV and internet for entertainment. 


Burra katha a pastime event in villages can be seen even today especially during Dussehra or Sankranti festivals. It is used to narrate narrate events in epics like Ramayan and Mahabharat, etc. Burra Katha played an impressive role in delivering message to people and awakening people throughout the Indian Independence Movement.Since Burra Katha it was a medium to educate the people of the political situation, the British Government had banned Burra katha in Madras and the Nizam Government banned it in Hyderabad kingdom.

RBI rejects Andhra’s request for farm loan waiver

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) communicated the Andhra Pradesh government that there was no case for considering its request for restructuring of agricultural loans in the state.

A refused to consider the request even before the state government could prepare clarifications the apex bank had sought from it on crop yields for year 2013.

RBI, on its own, examined crop yields and bank savings patterns during the period the state government said farmers were under stress. The central bank found no parameter that justified a loan restructuring.

As per RBI, crop yields should be less than half the normal for banks to consider farm loan relief. RBI found no evidence of a drop in crop yields to that level in areas declared as calamity-hit by the Andhra Pradesh government. This conclusion was based on data generated by state government bodies like the Directorate of Economics and Statistics.

RBI scrutinized the waiver request in detail since the government was trying to use rescheduled loan payments as a proxy for its promise of farm loan waivers. Rescheduled farm loans were routinely implemented by banks in the past.

Following the Cabinet meeting, CM N. Chandrababu Naidu announced his government would waive over Rs 40,000 crore of loans at Rs 1.5 lakh per farming family and Rs 1 lakh per self-help group.

Farm loans overdue in Andhra Pradesh are pegged by banks at Rs 87,000 crore. As per banks, these dues surged after the Telugu Desam Party made loan waiver a manifesto promise in the recently-concluded state elections.

RBI Chief has spoken to the Chief Election Commissioner on how to prevent political parties from making such promises in future polls.

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