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`Play it safe' prescription!

Finance and Health Minister Konijeti Rosaiah correctly drove home the point last week that the only medicine available at present to control acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome (AIDS) was preventive propaganda about the dreaded disease. Regretting the lack of public awareness about AIDS among the masses, while participating in a meeting of health care providers in the city, he declared that AP, with over five lakh AIDS victims, "has the dubious distinction of having the highest prevalence of the disease''.

Mr. Rosaiah also echoed the sentiment expressed by a couple of AIDS victims that they were discriminated against even by doctors, and advised the community of medicos to change their attitude and treat the victims with concern and create confidence in them.

It is exhilarating to note that the awareness level about AIDS has risen among all sections of society, with almost everybody pleading for safe sex in place of free sex. As columnist Shobha De had remarked, "Don't condemn sex, but condom it!''

There are two forces acting within our body, mind and intellect. According to Vedanta expert Jaya Row, when mind dominates the intellect, access is denied to knowledge and it leads to failure and stress. And when intellect dominates the mind, knowledge is accessed which leads to success and pleasure.

Each person's conscience is different. All we have to do is to be true to our own conscience, she explains and points out that truth is God.

Ms. Jaya Row also says what you need to understand is that the world doesn't need your service. There is joy in selfless service and no unselfish person is stressful. "No creature in the world suffers from stress except human beings,'' she notes.

Observing that an overriding feature of one's mind is desire, she gives a call to repay to society which gave one everything that person wants. Desires are the weapons of mass destruction and they force you to break the law and change the law for the sheer pleasure of desire.

But how to conquer desire? She has the answer: "What is love? When you share the joy and sorrow of the other person, you no longer feel you have a desire''.

Not only is the stock market bullish, even the academics and officials belonging to various departments are having a hectic schedule, albeit for a different reason.

With just a quarter to go for completion of the financial year, the university's various departments are holding one seminar or the other. The reason: to prevent funds from getting lapsed.

While some project their seminars as national, a few are giving them the tag of an international meet despite the fact that they are able to attract only `desi stuff'. Incidentally, the feverish activity has provided the much-needed boost to hoteliers as all of them are having a near-full occupancy.

Film heroes command considerable following. The bigger their image, the greater the interest in everything that concerns them.

Amitabh Bachhan has reached the pinnacle of glory as far as fan-following is concerned. The celebrated punch in `Coolie' which landed him in big trouble, his muscular ailment and his latest intestinal problem had sent the nation into a collective tizzy. With his charisma not waning he remains a favourite, cutting across generations, thanks to the popularity of KBC and new films that cast him in interesting and diverse roles.

While it is difficult to match him, our own stars from Tollywood have fans swooning over them. Venkatesh, son of noted producer Rama Naidu, has been around for quite a while with more than 50 films to his credit. His fans are organising a function in the city to celebrate the birthday. Birthdays of stars have become public events what with competition hotting up.

Prabhakkar Sharma, Santosh Patnaik

and G.V. Prasada Sarma

R. Sampath, Prabhakkar Sharma, Santosh Patnaik and G.V. Prasada Sarma

R. Sampath,

Prabhakkar Sharma, Santosh Patnaik

and G.V. Prasada Sarma

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