Keeping cell phone ringer volume low or muting it is the norm at meetings, but violating it provided a divine touch. An unattended printer delayed handing over the certificate of provisional admission into the medical PG in radio-diagnostics for Osmania Region topper Avula Satish Kumar on the first day of counselling. Even as the certificate changed hands from Dr.NTR University of Health Sciences Vice-Chancellor I.V. Rao to the medico, the popular Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao's song ‘Namo Venkatesa, Namo Tirumalesa, was heard in the background with perfect timing. Someone with this popular devotional song as the ringtone received a call on the momentous occasion. Prof. Rao taking note of the disturbance said that the medico had received the blessings of the Lord Balaji and that he would do very well in the studies. An irritant turned into a happy coincidence.
The inter-department cricket tournament for DRM Cup at Vijayawada began with a comic touch at Railway Mini Stadium. The tournament that was supposed to start around 9.30 a.m. got delayed owing to the usual late arrival of guests of honour and the frills associated with the opening ceremony.
After losing the toss to Government Railway Police team, the Electric Local Shed team took its own time to enter the field and the commentator announced that the match was reduced to 19 overs a side. As the team took some more time the ‘third umpire” brought the match down to 18 overs a side. “I wish the fielding team delays furthermore thus reducing match to 10-over a side as the Sun is at its scorching best and afternoon will be intolerable when we field,” quipped a batsman from the GRP team.
Normally police give wide publicity in print and electronic media when they nab robber gangs, chain snatchers, eve-teasers, and the accused in murder and cheating cases. The investigation officers arrange press conferences and give the details of the accused by circulating press notes along with their photographs. But, in the alleged illegal activities in MJM Vocational Junior College, being probed by Unguturu police, the cops were tight-lipped in providing the investigation details as well as the arrest of accused in the case. Even as the police arrested four accused in the alleged sex racket, police have not issued even a single press release and are reluctant to share information with the press. The ‘calm investigation' in the case was raising many an eyebrow.
(G. Venkataramana Rao, J.R. Shridharan, and Rajulapudi Srinivas)