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`Shooting' for posterity

By Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, AUG.15. It was a proud and memorable occasion for Sharmila Reddy, the daughter of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, as she held a small video camera to shoot the inspection of the ceremonial parade by her father during the 58th Independence Day celebrations at the sprawling Parade Grounds here on Sunday.

As a smiling Dr. Reddy stood atop the slow-moving open jeep, Sharmila, seated along with her mother, in the Chief Minister's box, captured the moment for posterity.

Colourful march-past

The parade inspection was followed by a colourful march-past by 22 groups, including APSP battalions, contingents of NCC boys, girls, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Social Welfare Scouts and Guides, Kendriya Vidyalaya, AP Residential Educational Institutions Society, Traffic Commandos, mounted police and AP Fire Services. The youngest among those who led the contingents, was Alok, an eighth class student from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Picket.

The top honours in the march-past went to APSP third battalion, among the armed contingents, and AP Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society in the unarmed groups.

Best tableau

The tableau of the Fisheries department, which depicted a fisherman casting a net, was adjudged the best.

The second and third prizes went to the tableaux of Agriculture and Rural Departments. In all 20 tableaux, including one on Krishna Pushkaram and others highlighting the progress made by various sectors, participated in the parade.

Earlier, the Chief Minister presented President's police medals for gallantry, distinguished and meritorious services to police officials of different ranks.

The parade concluded with a cultural display `Bharatiyam' by students belonging to Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society.

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