These are very interesting times for the residents of Pahad-e-Shareef and Barkas, located very near to the new airport at Shamshabad. Residents of these colonies are in line for a huge windfall.

Thanks to the international airport.

Already, these colonies are witnessing hectic activity in terms of construction and opening of small and medium sized shops and commercial establishments. Most of the residents here are confident that the airport would surely improve their financial standing.

The rain that lashed the city bringing down the mercury, indeed caught the denizens unawares. For almost three days, the rains interspersed the happenings in the city and one wasn’t sure whether to feel elated at the drop in the temperatures or feel dismayed at the sight of streets remaining under a sheet of water.

From the suburbs to the heart of the city, almost all localities wore a deserted look on Sunday morning in particular following the rain. Though it was a long weekend for many with four holidays in a row, the usual traffic seen on holidays was missing. Had it rained for three days on normal working days, the story would have been different.

Yet another new Telugu daily ‘Sakshi’ made a splash at its debut the other day with the ‘unique’ promise of presenting news without any bias. At a time when it has become a norm for most of the major and established dailies to package news reports with ‘a point of view’ rather than plain developments and objective observations, the newest vernacular daily’s promise does sound refreshing.

Coloured reports may attract immediate attention and even make interesting reading initially but many admit it becomes rather tedious to read vituperative writings day after day. Readers would surely be watching to see if ‘Sakshi’ succeeds in popularising the new trend.

It has to be seen to be believed. The initiative is thanks to a group of tech-savvy activists of the AISF and AIYF. ll India Students’ Federation and All India Youth Federation. They managed to get the equipment from friends and acquaintances and took up the responsibility of making the cards available to delegates and media.

The best laid plans sometimes serve an altogether different purpose as it is happening to ‘Aasra’, the welfare scheme for the elderly and disabled started by GHMC.

The other day, GHMC chief C.V.S.K. Sarma told IT delegates that requests from the old people mostly was to help them watch a movie in the theatre – from getting tickets to even accompanying them to the halls! That was not an issue but the problem arises when they insist on watching a blockbuster film “first day – first show!”

It was making the job tough for the volunteers, exclaimed Dr. Sarma, who also painted a very rosy picture of the twin cities. Despite infrastructure deficiencies that could take up to five years to get corrected, Hyderabad was the best place to work and also to retire, he said.

Of course, there were also issues like religious structures on main roads. “We have a penchant for worshipping Gods on busy roads only. Unfortunately, I cannot request the Gods to shift. You have to pay a price in a democracy,” he said.

& V.GEETANATH