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Last week, mediapersons were officially invited to a ‘Press conference' convened by State Bank of India Deputy General Manager Hannah Rachel Mani. But they were in for a shock when, at the venue, they were told that there was no Press conference and that it was only a trial/dry run for the bank chairman's proposed media conference on February 18 in Vijayawada. On the D-Day the programme got delayed as the flight arrived late and the venue was changed to Haailand in Guntur district at 3 p.m. When reporters went there at the appointed hour, the schedule was pushed further by two hours and the disappointed reporters returned again with no ‘news'.

To be or not to be?

Siddhartha Medical College Principal D. Rajyalakshmi, who has approached the tribunal on the State Government's attempts to oust her, is facing a strange predicament. She goes to office everyday pending the verdict of the tribunal, but her sub-ordinates behave as if she did not exist. None of them bothers to respond to her calls.

When the principal made an investigation she found that the Assistant Director of Administration Padmaja was responsible for her plight. The principal reported the matter to the Director of Medical Education (DME) and on the instruction of the DME the principal “surrendered” assistant director (to the DME). Now everybody is behaving as if the AD does not exist. The ways of the Government officials are becoming rather strange these days.

Mediapersons outnumber invitees

Nowadays, the number of reporters and the lensmen is touching 50 in any event in Vijayawada and sometimes going beyond that. In the ‘Yuvajana Sadassu' organised by Telugu Desam Party at A-Convention Centre a few days ago, the seats in the media gallery got filled much before the arrival of party president Nara Chandrababu Naidu and the reporters were seen taking the chairs arranged for the public.

At ‘Visalandhra Mahasabha' organized at Siddhartha Auditorium, only a few students attended the meeting. Again the mediapersons outnumbered the participants.

(Ramesh Susarla, G.Venkataramana Rao and Rajulapudi Srinivas)


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