ANDHRA PRADESH

Green gift for residents of Narayanaguda

It was a perfect New Year gift for the residents of the highly congested Narayanaguda and surrounding areas when a prestigious park boasting of several new features not provided in any other HUDA park was inaugurated by the Chief Minister last week. And yet another noteworthy feature is, it is named after G.S. Melkote, a freedom fighter, social worker and Congress leader who represented Hyderabad in Lok Sabha. The family members of Melkote, who were present, were happy that a public recreation space like park is named after the great man. The only jarring note however was the protests by the BJP workers who were peeved that party MLA Kishan Reddy’s name was not given pride of place in the inaugural plaque though he too strove for allotting the distilleries land for the park.

The recently concluded annual Conference by Indian Commerce Association set the stage for a common refrain: the widening gap between the course curriculum and the employability of students. The point of reference was the complaint from industry bosses about lack of adequate job skills among fresh graduates. While the Vice Chancellor of Osamnia University Suleiman Siddiqui revealed plans to have a finishing school directed towards BPO employment, VC of Andhra University L.Venugopal Reddy harped on the “enormous responsibility” of the academicians to improve the employability of the students. It is just an example of how esteemed universities and academia fall into the trap of treating education solely as a means to profitable employment. Instead of egging on the students towards higher learning in their chosen stream, they are focusing merely on providing clogs to the wheel.

Providing wheel chairs for the aged and physically-challenged persons at public places is a noble idea. But when the same was suggested to authorities at a press meeting recently addressed by Home Minister K. Jana Reddy, it became a subject of laughter.

Even as Mr. Reddy was briefing about the arrangements for the 68th Annual Industrial Exhibition at Nampally, a journalist advised the minister to provide wheel chairs at the venue for the benefit of aged and physically-challenged.

Acknowledging his advice, Mr. Reddy immediately remarked in a lighter vein, “What you have told is a good idea but I am afraid to say that more than the visitors our society members need a wheel chair as majority of them are in sixties and seventies.”

The traffic police on Monday sprang a surprise on motorists handing them leaflets with New Year greetings instead of challan receipts for violating rules. The unusual move on part of the police personnel did leave many motorists surprised.

“Wish you a happy New Year. Hyderabad city police solicits your cooperation to serve you better,” the leaflet reads asking citizens to dial ‘100’ in case of emergencies. Constables and Home Guards were seen distributing them at several junctions.

These handouts were distributed as part of a campaign launched by the police to educate motorists on ill-effects of drunken driving and over-speeding.

M.L.MELLY MAITREYI, SWATHI. V, S. SANDEEP KUMAR, M. SRINIVAS







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