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The timeless appeal of Sholay

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Cult classic Sholay is indeed timeless. Even though it was released in the 70s, the dialogues and scenes continue to be a hit even with the younger generation. Recently, popular scenes from the movie were screened for schoolchildren at a workshop held in the city.

As soon as the young participants saw ‘Gabbar Singh’ on screen, their excitement was evident. For the new few minutes, almost all the dialogues of the movie were simultaneously mouthed by the children, matching those of the characters on screen. Even after being asked to remain quiet, the children paid little heed to the instructions and were seen guessing the scenes that would appear next.



A lesson in learning



A Union Minister in the NDA government, who addressed a large media gathering a fortnight ago, became the butt of jokes in newsrooms as he had counted Andaman and Nicobar Islands among the North Eastern States of India! However, journalists covering the event sat stone-faced and let the minister continue his speech, oblivious to the error he had committed. Presspersons who covered the minister’s events in the past, reveal gaffes are part of the minister’s repertoire. For the young reporters in the city, it was a lesson in learning.



A defensive stance



The recent incident of rats attacking infants in the paediatric wing of the Guntur Government Hospital has put almost all the State-run hospitals in Telangana under spotlight. The visit of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to Gandhi Hospital based on an alleged complaint about rat-infested paediatric wings in the hospital, is a case in point.

While HRC has shown alacrity in anticipating such issues and visited a Government run hospital, going by the responses from authorities, it appears that the officials, on their part, are yet to realise the dangers of rat infestation. Questions about pest control measures seems to have made health officials defensive. “What is new? Like every other hospital, we too have issues with rat control. Adequate pest control measures have been taken,” is the stock, and somewhat ‘cold’ reply from Government officials. When will health officials wake up?



Theft with a touch of drama



The dramatic ‘test’ ride of the high end Harley Davidson bike by an IITian created such a buzz in the city and elsewhere in the country that few imagined the story would pan out like that when the ‘theft’ was discovered. The company showroom staff did wait for more than a couple of hours, perhaps hoping the bike would return.

And, by the time they realised the man had disappeared, there was no way the police could have caught him within the city. Once the news broke, harried crime reporters began to call up the police officers seeking more details. After handling numerous calls, an exasperated inspector told this reporter: “It is a high end bike and we got the information late. Now, how can we chase him when the biker could have easily crossed Telangana State limits!” Of course, little did he realise then that he was spot on.



Whither needle man?



The needle man ‘terrorising’ people in a few towns of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh seems to be striking fear in the hearts of some citizens in the capital too. Just the other day, it was a schoolgirl who claimed to have been ‘stung’ by an unknown assailant with a needle but soon after, the Cyberabad police had denied that any such incident happened. On Monday night, another person who was travelling in a city bus, also claimed to have been stung with a needle but somehow, the other passengers did not seem to have seen the assailant. The complainant too vanished after making a hue and cry at a nearby clinic. Real or imaginary?!

Reporting by Rahul Devulapalli, Rohit P.S., M. Sai Gopal, Asif Yar Khan and V. Geetanath

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