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Carry bag dilemma

Carry a bag. Please don't ask for a plastic carry bag, say those who are opposing the use of plastic carry bags, which are causing severe environmental problems.

Over the years, a vast majority of the public has stopped carrying cloth or jute bags to the market.

Cattle, monkeys and other animals are said to have died of suffocation after consuming plastic bags along with food. The major drains in cities are choked with plastic waste, which is not biodegradable. The sustained efforts of voluntary organisations and environmentalists during the last few years have resulted in creating awareness among the public on the issue.

At this juncture, advocates of plastic bags have started feeling the pinch and have now started a campaign. Their slogan is: "Use plastic bags. Save the forests."

The consumers who have concern for the environment are in a dilemma whether to use plastic bags or otherwise. It is for the environmentalists to throw light on the issue.

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Like APSRTC buses, big events to this City of Destiny come concomitantly. Take for example sports. In a fast developing place like Visakhapatnam, there is little sports activity despite some open and indoor stadia coming up. Suddenly the city has now become a hub of activity. Not one, but two national championships are going on in chess and bridge -- the two sports disciplines which have the maximum number of published books alongside golf.

This is followed by a Ranji trophy cricket match between Bengal and Andhra at the new ACA-VDCA Stadium at Pothina Mallayyapalem. There are also some stars like Rohan Gavaskar, Deep Dasgupta, Lakshmi Ratan Shukla who all did duty for the country in recent times in cricket and big names in chess like Koneru Humpy, Dibyendu Barua, Suryasekhar Ganguly, Abhijit Kunte, Dronavalli Harika and Konguvel. This provides a welcome relief to sports lovers and a rare opportunity for autograph hunters.

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With the city ever expanding several colonies are springing up. But the residents are facing some problems. At the VUDA layout in Gopalapatnam, water oozes out if one digs two to three feet for the foundation. It is suspected that the Tatipudi pipeline is leaking.

The residents here are also seeking a direct road connecting to the highway. The residents' association members met the Municipal Commissioner, N. Srikant, to represent their grievances. He promised to visit the colony.

To everyone's surprise, Mr. Srikanth went to the colony on the next morning by 6.30 a.m. and spent more than half an hour there. A large number of residents gathered to welcome him and explain the problems. He issued orders to officials on the spot.

A pro-active approach by the people will definitely help if participatory programmes of the civic body are to be successful.

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The city has just witnessed a National Theatre Festival, the first of its kind to be held in Andhra Pradesh. A noted theatre personality, Podili Nagabhushana Sarma, Director of the Festival, has many suggestions to improve theatre in the State but also finds some tasks difficult to achieve.

The 12 colleges or schools teaching drama and dance admit about 180 students every year but just one per cent of them try their luck with the theatre, he said at a press conference. An overwhelming majority rush to television and cinema.

The reason is that they are more lucrative. Very few fall into the category satisfied even if one third of what they earn in other professions is available through the stage. But even this meagre amount is not assured from theatre, he says.

A senior stage artiste, Misro, says youth will be interested in theatre if they find it more fetching, concurring with Prof. Sarma's opinion.

The stage is not attracting women, points out Prof. Sarma. "We find many young women opting for the courses in anchoring, which helps them to get into TV and then into cinema."

B. Prabhakara Sarma, G.V. Prasada Sarma

and G. Narasimha Rao

By B. Madhu Gopal, B. Prabhakara Sarma, G.V. Prasada Sarma and G. Narasimha Rao

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