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Claim to fame or ignorance?

THE CUT-THROAT competition between corporate hospitals is spawning a few amusing incidents as well, like this recent episode where one hospital questioned the "first-timer" claim of another one in using a particular treatment technology.

The ego clash between the two began after one hospital announced that it had used a unique technology for the first time in the country to rescue a baby born with a lung disorder. However, the very next day, another hospital sent a note to media houses refuting the claims of the former and saying that it had been using the same technology for over a year now.

Even as the "me first" argument was still on, another corporate hospital stepped into the frame, albeit with a difference. The claim to fame here was that a "rare" coronary artery bypass surgery was done at the hospital. Obviously, somebody forgot to tell them that this is one procedure in use since 1967. And the only rarity about the whole episode was that the person operated upon had his heart on the right side instead of left. But doc, even that is not news anymore. Heights of self praise or just blunders born out of ignorance?

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AS CONTRIBUTIONS continue to pour in for Tsunami victims, four `happening' pubs in Hyderabad appear to have "made most" of the opportunity. They came out with an idea -- Eat, drink and party -- and the proceeds would go for the relief of Tsunami victims. If sources are to be believed, they did a roaring business just by making an announcement about how they would be "doing their bit" for helping the victims.

If one thought that it was only the pub owners, what about those who thronged the pubs after seeing the catchy advertisements in newspapers? All so insensitive!

Another question remains. Where was the need for the special fundraiser when the four pubs had raked in the moolah by the lakhs for the joint New Year do? It was dubbed the biggest New Year eve party in the entire country with about 18,000 people boogeying after shelling out Rs. 2,500 per couple and more. Relief for Tsunami victims could have been ensured from the New Year party proceeds itself right? As for the moolah, your imagination is as good as ours.

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ONE ALWAYS knew that Hyderabadi weather was quirky by nature. But, not as eccentric as it was this Sunday.

As winter was giving the chills to people on its last leg this season, there was the strange spectacle of a sultry day even as dark clouds hovered on the horizon. Then the heavens opened up in the afternoon leaving the unsuspecting and perspiring holiday crowd running for cover.

Someone went to the extent of linking the strange phenomenon to the tsunami effect! Dry wells suddenly getting filled with water and sweat pouring down the faces on a cloudy day, strange are the ways of nature.

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MANY SENIOR artistes in the State who have made a mark in various fine arts, are yet to be conferred Padma awards while much younger artistes in other states have already achieved the distinction.

Making the above observation, the Andhra Music Academy president, R. Prabhakar Rao, feels the indifference at various quarters is probably the reason for many an eminent musician from the State not being conferred the prestigious recognition at national level.

Mr. Prabhakar Rao, a retired IPS officer, suggests that as the process for selection of individuals for Padma awards under various categories commences several months before their announcement, the Government should identify an agency and a committee of experts to recommend the deserving persons for the award.

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HE IS a `Speaker' but has to listen more and rarely gets a chance to make speeches. But, when the chance comes he has to make his mark and that is what the Assembly Speaker, K.R. Suresh Reddy, did the other day.

Addressing schoolchildren and teachers at the valedictory function of the Southern Science Fair organised at the St. Patricks High School in Secunderabad on Saturday, said: "After being sworn-in as Speaker, I became a great listener and hardly get an opportunity to speak. And when I get a chance, I don't leave the chance," he told the amused gathering.

His simple speech laced with earthy humour went very well, especially with children. "When I first saw television channels breaking news of the earthquakes and Tsunami, I was wondering what these Tsunamis were when my son explained they were giant tidal waves caused by quakes on the ocean floor. Most of the people of our age group were either not aware of it or simply forgot. Children of today are more scientifically conscious surely," he said as the children cheered him.

By Dennis Marcus Mathew, Vikram Sharma, K.V.S. Madhav, M.L.Melly Maitreyi
and V. Geetanath

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