ANDHRA PRADESH

Quite a picture

Seldom does one find a politician, that too of the ruling party, in a relaxed mood. But, there are a few politicians who never keep their interest in fields other than politics a secret.

In one such incident recently, the Government Whip and senior Congress leader, Samineni Udaya Bhanu, expressed keenness in news photography, a field far from politics.

And, the lensmen will never let go waste any opportunity to catch the politician trying to lay his hands on something that does not concern him/her.

Science and superstition probably may make a good mix. The head of the department of computer science in Acharya Nagarjuna University, P. Trimurthy, who has a sense of humour, said the other day, at The Hindu 's pre-counselling guidance workshop, market research proved that civil engineering was the seventh most-sought-after branch among the various courses in engineering.

Of course, going by social trends, the civil engineers ought to learn Vaasthu also to excel in the field.

Similarly, when a student sought to know about the availability of course in dental sciences in Tamil Nadu, the subject expert and principal of Vishnu College of Dental Sciences, Bhimavaram, R.V.Subrahmanyam, was quick to respond:

"Why? Why do you want to go to other States, when good people like me are around in Andhra Pradesh?"

In the interactive session, a student, after having his doubt cleared, tried to raise another question pertaining to his friend. The Regional Manager of The Hindu , Vijayawada, M. Krishna Kiran, said: "Your friend should have participated in the workshop to have his doubt cleared. You ask any question pertaining to you."

Sending everyone into peels of laughter, the unrelenting student began saying: "Sir, my friend's rank is..." But, he couldn't complete, as another student took the mike.

Two offices under one roof and one colour on the wall. Is there scope for peace in Pasupu Kota these days? The time has come for a test to Telugu tammullu here because the urban party unit, to which the credit of developing Pasupu Kota goes, has allowed the party district unit to open its office on the same premises.

Hardly two months have passed, murmurs have begun in its corridors. Those of district unit are `claiming' that theirs has a better look than urban unit office. How will the yellow brothers of urban unit react?

The year-long 6,000-km `AIDS walk for life,' touching 300 towns along the `Golden Quadrilateral' missed out on the advantage of `Golden Hour' in the country's worst affected district.

At Guntur, which has a high affliction rate of 3.5 per cent the PCI volunteers could not get the message across to the targeted groups during Sunday's programme at the Andhra Christian College.

They performed as per schedule, but there were no audience.

This puts a question mark over whether we have graduated from talking AIDS to walking AIDS.

M. Rajeev, A. Saye Sekhar, G. Ravi Kiran in Vijayawada and Ramesh Susarla in Guntur

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