It looks like the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation is never lucky to have full-time officers in all key positions at any given point of time. Just as one comes in, another goes out. About a few months ago, it looked like all the important positions, such as city planner, deputy commissioner (revenue) and medical & health officer, have been filled. But it is now back to the days of in-charge officials managing the affairs in some departments. With deputy commissioner (revenue) M.V. Prasad leaving for Eluru, additional commissioner (general) G. Neelakantham is holding the fort in the revenue wing. Chief engineer M.A.S.P. Dora has been promoted and transferred to Hyderabad Water Board, and it has fallen on superintendent engineer Yohan to take care of the engineering works. For very long, veterinary assistant surgeon has been doubling up as PRO. So, who next?

The sprawling campus of A.G. and S.G. Siddhartha College of Arts and Science, Vuyyur, run by the Vijayawada-based Siddhartha Academy of General and Technical Education, became a beehive of activity recently. The Press Information Bureau and the Directorate of Field Publicity organised the Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign there. The PIB officials were all praise for the principal and staff of the college for the support they had given in conducting the information campaign. They began praising the college management at the slightest opportunity. In doing so, they took care to drive home their point. They kept murmuring about the local administration "not giving the expected support" to the event. The murmur of dissatisfaction found eloquence in their heaping lots of praise on the college management, which, of course, deserved it.

Breaking of a coconut generally forms a small part of an inaugural function. But the meeting organised in connection with the launch of the Syamnagar Colony Residents' Welfare Association was dominated by `coconut talk'. As part of a puja that preceded the meeting, Municipal Commissioner N. Gulzar, chief guest of the meeting, was asked to break a coconut. It took only two hard blows for Mr. Gulzar to break it into two equal halves. This was enough for the association members to smother Mr. Gulzar with praise. Every single speaker began his speech by referring to the `two equal halves' of the coconut, considered auspicious. Even as the speakers continued to flatter the Commissioner, the latter was seen squirming in his chair with understandable embarrassment.