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Reporter's Diary

WHEN PRESS conferences are held within huge and sprawling complexes of government offices, with no sign to indicate where the venue exactly is, the patience of reporters wears thin.

As it happened on Monday in the cavernous premises of a central government office with many interconnected blocks. Reporters found to their dismay that there were several entrance foyers and as many lifts. No two liftmen could agree on where the conference hall was. One felt it was on the second floor but in another block. Another was equally sure it was on the fifth floor in yet another block.

After wandering through what appeared to be an endless maze of corridors, some hopelessly lost reporters stumbled on some others of their fraternity who guided the former through yet more corridors to the conference hall. One reporter was heard remarking that it was an ideal way to shed weight and keep fit.

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BANGALORE HAS been in the news for quite a while because of its closed theatres. The seven-week ban on non-Kannada films has evoked strong feelings everywhere and many citizens, especially those who like to watch English and Hindi movies, are extremely upset at the way the situation is being handled here.

Two nights ago, it seemed as if the rain gods had turned against the film fraternity as well. We found out that in the heavy rains that lashed the city on Friday night, a huge tree was uprooted near the Cauvery theatre near Sankey Tank. The tree apparently blocked traffic movement in the area for quite a while.

But that wasn't all. We also learnt that there was water logging near actor Ravichandran's house on Dr. Raj Kumar Road, Rajajinagar. We don't know, however, what the film actor had to say about that.

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DO YOU know the difference between an MLA and a corporator? Of course, an MLA represents an Assembly constituency while a corporator is limited to a ward. But for every small work to be carried out in the area, the corporator has to use the MLA's influence. Especially, to get some official, who doesn't get along well with the corporator, transferred from a ward. But what can the MLA do if the higher officials do not comply with the "orders?" Threaten them with dire consequences.

This is what a former Minister, who enjoys clout in the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) did recently. He threatened the BMP officials with dire consequences (that he will expose their "deals") if the lower ward-level official is not transferred.

But if his threats do not work, he will make sure that corporators representing wards in his constituency will take up the issue at the BMP's Council meetings so that the "work" is finally done.

By K Satyamurty,
Divya Sreedharan,
Afshan Yasmeen

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